Craig Easton ‘North Series’
Craig’s career began at the groundbreaking Independent newspaper in1990 and he went on to shoot for editorial, publishing and advertising projects worldwide. His work is deeply rooted in the documentary tradition and he is recognised for his ability to combine expansive landscape with intimate portraits. He moved to north west England to concentrate on longer, personal projects. Much of this work focuses on social documentary, identity and a sense of place.
He is passionate about giving his subjects ‘a voice’ and he often works collaboratively, asking them to write their own story, which he presents alongside their portrait. This approach led him to create SIXTEEN, an award winning series made at the time of the Scottish referendum, when sixteen year olds were given suffrage. Building on the success of this he invited a diverse group of leading UK documentary photographers to join him, working across the country to extend this ambitious collaborative project.
This particular series for SIXTEEN reflects his long-term interest in the post industrial communities of the north of England. Two of the works from his ‘north’ series have been acquired by the University of Salford’s contemporary art collection, ensuring a legacy to the series beyond the length of this touring programme.