About this event:
[19.05.19] Next May h Club London is proud to present DEVOTION, an exhibition of award-winning photographer Christopher Roche’s five-year-long project which saw him travel the globe exploring different, and often disappearing, faith traditions. Interested in the common humanity rather than the dogma behind such traditions, he has photographed a fundamental aspect of the human condition.
Roche’s work follows in the tradition of social documentary photography epitomised by the likes of Salgado and Capa. However, he brings his own unique sensibility to his craft. His photographs, often described as painterly or cinematic, reveal his love for the mastery of light and composition exemplified by the great artists Rembrandt and Caravaggio.
Roche says: “Over the years I photographed both the intimate and epic nature of several faith traditions: private moments of prayer and meditation alongside monumental scenes with thousands of pilgrims in dramatic landscapes. I saw commonalities that transcend faith and frontiers — the use of prayer beads, the practice of pilgrimage and the devotion to shrines to name a few, and of course just as many differences, but all these outward observations appeared to me to conceal a deeper truth.”
Ali Hillman, h Club curator, adds: “Few exhibitions canvas humanity with the scale and ambition inherent in Roche’s work. The expansive vision of the work is both evident in each image’s composition and the effort involved in accessing these diverse locations and cultures. In mounting this exhibition, the club recognises the effort and talent of an artist who has turned his lens to a breadth of sights and circumstances most people would otherwise never encounter. We are so proud to give this body of work a platform at our gallery.”