Award winning photographer opens double exhibition at Paisley Museum

A double exhibition of the work of award-winning Scots photographer Dougie Wallace has opened, at Paisley Museum.

The photographs chronicle the lives of the super-rich in London and also the Indian culture found on the streets of Mumbai.

Award winning photographer opens double exhibition at Paisley Museum

The free exhibitions, presented by Street Level Photoworks, and called ‘Harrodsburg’ and ‘Road Wallah’ run every day, except Mondays, from September 2 to October 29.

Wallace is originally from Paisley, growing up in the west end of the town, attending West Primary and Castlehead High schools. His interest in photography began after taking pictures while backpacking around the world. He is now based in the London.

The exhibition of photographs ‘Harrodsburg’ is exclusive to Paisley Museum and this latest body of work from Wallace pushes the boundaries of the social documentary genre.

In ‘Harrodsburg’ - which won the inaugural Magnum Photography Award 2016 - he focuses on the rising economic and political power of the upper class one per cent of the population. Wallace’s photographs takes the viewer on an up-close safari of the wealthy London residential and retail district of Knightsbridge and Chelsea.

The second exhibition, ‘Road Wallah’ details the four years Wallace spent photographing the now defunct black and yellow Premier Padmini cabs of Mumbai.

These vehicles were famous for their garish, psychedelic interiors and the charisma of the drivers. Prior to the cars being phased out two years ago, Wallace visited the city 17 times, producing a stunning series of photographs featuring the iconic taxis and the part they played in Indian culture.

The photographs in this exhibition have previously been published as a book, which was short-listed for the 2015 European Book Publisher’s Award.

The exhibitions are part of the range of cultural activities taking place throughout the town as part of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “The photographs from Dougie Wallace on display are the latest in high-end cultural exhibitions at Paisley Museum.

“The subject matters of his work could hardly be more diverse and the exhibition is a must-see for fans of top-quality documentary photography.”