Paul Blackmore / At Water’s Edge / September 05 – 22 2012
At Water’s Edge is the long-awaited publication from photographer Paul Blackmore. This extraordinary body of work – spanning 11 years and 14 countries – explores the intimate relationship between humanity and its most vital natural resource. Blackmore’s photographs poignantly illustrate the unfolding drama of the global water crisis and how it is affecting those caught up in it; a billion people without access to clean water, another four billion without an adequate supply. Against this dire backdrop, the work also celebrates our primal and spiritual bond with nature’s essential resource.
In this unforgettable suite of photographs Paul Blackmore has addressed water’s primacy on a global scale…In exploring extremes of both beauty and unvarnished squalor, Blackmore applies a visual approach… that distinguishes him from other photographers…This photographer’s pictures demonstrate…that a still black and white photograph has undimmed potency in portraying the complicated, everyday business of the planet. – Robert McFarlane, Photographer, Writer & Critic, 2011
Blackmore’s many photo essays and stories, published in such international media as Time, L’Express, Le Monde and Geo, have established him as a much sought-after collectable photographer. He has gained prominence through his exhibitions at Camera One New York, Stills Gallery Sydney, Perpignan France and the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne. In 2010 a series of photos from At Water’s Edge were exhibited at the esteemed Biennale D’Limage France and in 2012, at the Leonardo Museum Salt Lake City. Blackmore is one of a new generation of photojournalists – reporters of reality –whose elegant, coherent and enduring observations function as both valuable records of social change and stunning fine-art images.