Exhibition / 16 Jul – 3 Sep 2016

Where Will I Be

Huw Alden Davies, Walter Waygood

Where Will I Be is an exhibition featuring two Welsh photographers, Walter Waygood and Huw Alden Davies, whose work is rooted in the place they come from, the South Wales Valleys, and revolves around their immediate family, friends and a colourful cast of local characters.

Walter Waygood, who photographed in Blaenafon and Merthyr in the late 1970s and early 1980s, sees 'beauty in the ordinary' and nobility in the lives of the people he grew up with, however mixed their fortunes turned out to be.

Arranged as a collection of photographs and short texts, Huw Alden Davies’ ‘Prince’ is a detailed and often humorous study of the artist’s father. The story unfolds in the village of Tumble, where Davies and his family still live.

Where Will I Be is part of a series of exhibitions and projects Ffotogallery is undertaking which explore social, cultural and environmental issues in the context of contemporary Wales. Our aim is to highlight the role of photography, as arguably the world’s most democratic and visible medium, to record current experiences as lived, and to represent the processes of social, economic and cultural transformation that inform Wales’ identity and its standing in the world.

About Artists

Portrait of Huw Alden Davies

Huw Alden Davies

Born and raised in Carmarthenshire, Wales, Documentary Photographer Huw Alden Davies explores the lines of visual and written narratives, studying concepts such as sense of place and cultural identity. His work has been widely published, and featured in a large number of international exhibitions, with selected works in the permanent archives of the National Library of Wales, National Museum of Wales, and The National Portrait Gallery, London.

Lured by the single frame and its ability to tell the grandest tales, Davies turns his attention largely to his homeland to tell its story. This has seen his photographs selected by renowned Magnum photographer Martin Parr, The Association of Photographers, and The National Museum of Wales. Supported by the Arts Council of Wales, The British Council, and Ffotogallery (the national agency of photography), Davies’ work has recently gone on to represent Wales in a number shows including Many Voices One Nation (Senedd), Imagining the Nation State (Chennai), and previous delegation in India.

Walter Waygood

Walter Waygood (b. 1956) was brought up in Wales and began his photographic career using an old fashioned large format mahogany and brass Gandolfi camera. Photography was used to provide a commentary of working class life during the 1970s. His interest in photography as a form of social commentary led him to make more political statements through his pictures during the miners’ strike of the 1980’s. He graduated in BA Fine Art at Newport, and MA in Cardiff, and worked as a community artist in Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda, Aberdare and Pontypridd during the 1980s/early 90s. For twenty years he was Head of Art at Brockenhurst College in Hampshire, before returning to Dowlais in 2015, where he continues to live and work.