Mathew Schwartz Exhibition, currently seen at Verdant Works Museum, incorporates photographs from two projects: Impressionistic Streets of Dundee (Monochrome), 2020–2022 and Portraits: Workers in the West End of Dundee, 2018–2020 (Colour). In the first, Spurred by thoughts on isolation which arose during the pandemic, Schwartz fosters a sense of disconnection between the viewer and figures depicted in the familiar landscape of Dundee’s West End, leaning on an impressionistic approach to this monochrome collection of photographs.
Prior to the pandemic, Schwartz made portraits of individuals who work in – and are recognisable within – the West End of Dundee; be they the local tailor; greengrocer; shop assistant; barista; builder; tattoo artist or lollipop man. Inspired by the communities that people live in the West End and the reflection of this community in the area’s businesses, the photographer documented the neighbourhood as it underwent profound changes, due to regeneration; a changing population and the vibrant mix of old and new that has appeared, as a result of it all.
Originally hailing from Chicago, Mathew Schwartz has lived in Scotland since 2010. An active member of the Royal Photographic Society, Schwartz was awarded an Associate Distinction (ARPS) based on his 15-image monochrome panel of photographs featured in this exhibition. In Schwartz’s own words; he moved to Dundee in 2018 and never looked back!
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