‘An exhibition about seeing and not just looking … A glimpse into the way of seeing of 8-13 years old at the beginning of the 21st century.’ Prof. Sir Christopher Frayling – former Chairman, Arts Council of England.
Eye See is a photography project granted by Millennium Awards, the Peabody Trust and National Campaign for the Arts. Conceived and produced by David Palazón and José Alvarez in collaboration with Kaho Kojima, the project involved the participation of 200 school children aged between 8 to 13 years from 14 schools across North London. Each child was given a disposable camera and asked to take pictures of those objects, places and situations of great importance to them. Taking place from July to December 2003, the project ended with 3000 pictures, an experimental book, an installation and a short film, all displayed in 3 major exhibitions: FAITH Centre, WoodGreen (5-6 December 2003), Royal College of Art (19-24 April 2004) and Kingly Court Gallery at Carnaby Street (11-25 May 2004).
During the exhibition and through the eyes of the children we were able to see aspects of our culture and surroundings that otherwise go unnoticed. The absence of adult expectations in the photographs, the manner in which these objects and situations were framed and the verbal descriptions of these images, all contributed to a collective portrait of the emotions that these children projected onto the physical environment around them. This work was a dynamic evolving process enabled and established by people’s direct participation. Eye See was a celebration of diversity, a portrait of childhood and a unique photographic record, but above all, Eye See was a platform for us to realise that we don’t see things as they are, because we tend to see things as we are.
‘Though Christopher Frayling speaks with great erudition and passion about the photographic exhibition that forms the real content of “Eye See”, this is no match for the visual wit and curiosity of the photographs that follow. Mr. Frayling takes up the first half of this 10 minute film and I think is likely to bore many of the audience into clicking away to other films – but don’t! Let it download and spin on to half way through and watch the photographs – they’re brilliant. As is David.‘ Ben Blaine, Shooting People.