Dougie Wallace - Road Wallah

Venue: Gayfield Creative Spaces

11th - 30th July

Dougie Wallace spent 4 years photographing the now defunct black and yellow Premier Padmini cabs of Bombay falling for their garish, psychedelic interiors and the elusive charisma of the drivers. The cabs have been described as ‘Bollywood disco bars on wheels’ adorned with Hindu gods and goddesses, especially Ganesh, who, with his long trunk and multiple arms, removes all obstacles and evils. Between the golden hours of 4-6pm Wallace could been seen on the streets of Bombay loitering with intent at busy junctions or at traffic lights ready to ambush, armed with 3 flashguns and Glaswegian license to pounce.

Over 17 visits to Bombay, Dougie Wallace produced a stunning series of the cities popular taxi culture, now consigned to history as the cars were phased out in 2015 following legislation to reduce air pollution in the city.  The photographs demonstrate Dougie Wallace’s tremendous technical ability which when mixed with his eye for colour, composition and humour, produces photographs with such depth and beauty they leave Wallace in class of his own.

Road Wallah will be shown at ThePrintSpace, London from 20 May and then travel to his homeland for two of his first exhibitions in Scotland at Retina Festival from 24 June to 30 July in Edinburgh and at Street Level Photoworks from 4th November to 22nd December 2016, the latter as part of the Season of Photography 2016.

Road Wallah published by Dewi Lewis and available here.

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