19.09.2013 in16:01 in Documentary -->
David Gillanders’ obsession with photography started in his early teens while he was training as a boxer in Glasgow. He became hypnotized by the black-and-white posters and photographs on the walls of the boxing clubs where he trained and sparred. At the age of 16, when he got fed up with being punched in the head but still loved the atmosphere and characters in the boxing world, he returned to the clubs with a camera and started to take photographs.
In the late 1990s David won a couple local photographic competitions with his black-and-white documentary street scenes of Glasgow life, and on the heels of this success began to secure regular commissions from several of Scotland’s leading broadsheet newspapers and magazines. Through regular photographic commissions, David further developed as a photographer and, beginning in 1999, was able to concentrate on long-term photographic projects.
In 2007 David’s work won Photo Essay of the Year from the Scottish Press Photography Awards and he was a shortlisted finalist in the Arts Foundation Awards. In 2006 a BBC documentary, Black & White, focused on David’s imagery, and he participated in World Press Photo’s Joop Swart Masterclass. He also received the Judges Special Recognition at the Photo of the Year International Award in the World Understanding Category for his project on street kids in Ukraine.
In 2005 he won UNICEF’s Photo of the Year and The Herald Saturday Magazine awarded Best Magazine for Photographs at the UK Picture Editor Awards to David’s photo essay “The Lost Generation,” documenting the lives of street children in the former Soviet Union. The Herald Saturday Magazine had also, in 2003, awarded Best Magazine for Photographs at the UK Picture Editor Awards to David’s photo essay “Russian Roulette,” on issues surrounding HIV/AIDS in Russia.
David lives in Glasgow, Scotland, with his wife Kirsty and two sons, Cameron Jack (age 6) and Brodie Mac (4).
Children of the streets…