10 Jan, 2023
Govanhill is an area in Glasgow's southside that is the constituency of Scotland's first minster, Nicola Sturgeon. Simon Murphy has been documenting the area for several years with the resulting images forming a "Portrait of the Place", aiming to give an insight into one of Scotland's most diverse but deprived areas. Govanhill has gained a bad reputation over the years but much of this can be attributed to fear and lack of understanding of different cultures. Due to cheap accommodation, Govanhill has traditionally been a place where immigrants "arrive" in Glasgow and eventually move on from. It is estimated that 88 languages are spoken in the densely populated area of only 0.33 square miles. It's a mixing pot of cultures and ethnicities. These differences have contributed to tension within the community but also make Govanhill one of the most diverse and exciting places in the city. Simon’s project consists mainly of street portraiture, individuals who live and pass through the area.
Simon Murphy, editorial photographer and lecturer. Simon’s photographic work ranges from portraits of the Dalai Lama to musicians such as Noel Gallagher and Paolo Nutini. His human-interest shoots have taken him to Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Colombia. Exhibitions include “Enough Violence” produced for the Society of Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, USA. His portrait of Alan Tanner from his Govanhill series won the 2019 Richard Coward SPA in Photography