The Other City

It’s about memory and desire. Not just the city in which I am but the cities in which I have been, in which I will be, and the cities of which I dream. Several cities, real, remembered, and imagined in each photograph mark the boundary of an experience of strandedness between places and times. A sense of strandedness in-between is also performed through the juxtaposition of photographs and diary pages. Inclusion of the latter not only helps me to make sense of what I am doing with a series of photographs but also opens a space for reflection in the interval between photographing and writing a diary.

The Other City is an ongoing series shot in several cities based on the idea I have followed through several suites of photographs of all the cities represented merging and dissolving into each other through the photographer’s memories and dreams to become The City.

John Perivolaris is an independent documentary and fine art photographer. He holds degrees from the University of London (BA hons) and the University of Cambridge (PhD). In 2006 he became the Board Chairman of the Look 07 International Photography Festival, Manchester (2006 - 08). Since that time, he has worked on a range of commissions, projects, and exhibitions in Europe and North Africa, often dealing with questions of migration, refugee experience, diaspora, and memory, particularly how these are lived on the street, as the primary urban space where encounters between strangers take place.

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