Last Friday night (8 March) Art on a Postcard hosted a preview screening at Somerset House of the forthcoming BBC Four documentary What Do Artists Do All Day featuring Dougie Wallace by filmmaker Jack Cocker.
Dougie Wallace has long been a friend of Art on a Postcard with The Hepatitis C Trust being his preferred charity. One of his closest friends had hepatitis C and he has raised well over £5k for us to date.
Dougie is described by publisher Dewi Lewis in the film as being ‘the most exciting street photographer’ in the world right now. The film follows him around the streets of Knightsbridge taking photographs for his latest book Harrodsburg. Director Jack Cocker clearly establishes a great rapport with Dougie as he grants the viewer unrestricted access to the Dougie’s modus operandi and his extraordinary thought process. He reveals a raw talent, original thinker, a very funny and engaging person but also a very humble being, as in the film Dougie questions whether he can call himself an artist at all.
None of Dougie’s photographs happen by accident. He knows exactly what he’s going to capture before he hits the streets. His pictures are beautifully composed and technically perfect. They all have a comic element but convey a larger message about society as a whole. In Dougie’s words Harrodsburg talks about wealth, greed, excess and accentuates the huge gap between the 1% and the rest of us.
The film is engaging, laugh out loud in places and by the end of it you all be love with Dougie Wallace.
Catch the film on BBC Four at 8:30pm 16 March 2017
16th 21st March - Harrodsburg Exhibition at theprintspace, Shoreditch
21st March 19:30-22:00 - Harrodsburg Book Launch event at theprintspace, Shoreditch
You can buy postcard sized limited edition prints of the photographs Dougie has donated to Art on a Postcard over the last 3 years.