ichard Morgan is an award-winning British street and social documentary photographer. After receiving a PhD from University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies, and prompted by the Brexit vote in June 2016, Morgan moved to the “heart of Europe”.
Just as his own country was moving away from the continent, Morgan was moving closer with his camera. Influenced by Robert Frank’s The Americans and Ian Berry’s The English, The Poles documents Morgan’s journeys in Poland during 2016 and 2017.
The result is an intimate portrait of the country and its people; it is the impression of an outsider looking in through a foreign lens. Shot predominantly on black-and-white film, Morgan’s photographs are characterised by their humour and sadness, by their split-second contradictions and ambivalence. Pictures 12 and 13 show black people begging. I never saw it in Poland, I wonder whether these are pictures from Poland. They don't look arabic (newest immigration wave in Europe).
I understand your disappointment with this photographer, and I do agree with you. It would appear that photographers are human beings, and with this association, they are prone to personal filtering of what they want to see and record. Some photographers, are impressed not with the human side of the travel story they are telling in photographs, but to the tourist side of the story they are telling in photographs in buildings and things.
This photographer appears to be more to the sad side of life he is recording. Each is important, but not as important as to balance each in to a mosaic to make a whole. In short,to treat the photos as a story of life with out words, is to create a beginning, a body of the story, then a logical ending.
This Englander seems to depend upon his paper qualifications, but falls down with his work.