Eyewitness – pictures that speak a thousand words

Throughout his career as a photographer for the Guardian, David Levene has captured some breathtaking images, ranging from the humourous to the heart-breaking.

Szec, Hungary

Source: David Levene

Szec, Hungary

Levene has worked taking pictures for the paper’s Eyewitness series for the last nine years.

England

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England

A new show at London bookstore Foyles will bring together ten images from the 120-odd Eyewitness photographs by Levene, all sharing the theme of how people and places are affected by urbanism.

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dhaka, Bangladesh

The exhibition, simply entitled David Levene: Eyewitness, has been curated by Mark Davy, who says Levene’s work ‘[combines] an epic scale and detailed narrative that allows each image to take repeated viewing’.

India

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India

He’s not wrong: the colours and patterns within the scenes Levene captures form snapshots in time, where people and objects create narratives that look almost choreographed.

Nairobi, Kenya

Source: David Levene

Nairobi, Kenya

The multiple characters within each image have their own individual characters that build a complicated whole, allowing the viewer to get lost in the scene, giving an insight into the story that text could struggle to offer.

Las Vegas

Source: David Levene

Las Vegas

In Levene’s work, we see the old adage that a picture speaks a thousand words come into its own.

David Levene: Eyewitness runs from 2 September – 26 October at Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DT

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