Chris Leslie

Chris, aged 37 is a documentary photographer, filmmaker and designer.  He graduated in Psychology and Politics in 1996 and after writing his thesis on Nationalism and Ethnic Cleansing in the former Yugoslavia, he then spent 6 months working on a social reconstruction project in war torn Croatia.

With a passion for all things Balkan and surrounded by the scarred landscapes of Croatia, he started using an old 35mm camera in order to try to document his experience. He started a photography project in 1997 as a volunteer when he set up and managed a photographic project for children in Sarajevo orphanage in Bosnia.  The project taught children the basic principles of B/W photography and print-making in a specially constructed darkroom.

Chris then joined a UK-based International charity as a Visual Communications Manager in 2000, with responsibility for photography, short documentary films, print and web design.  In 2005 Chris set up business as a freelance photographer and filmmaker. He continues to work for several international charities and NGO’s travelling throughout Eastern Europe and Africa photographing and filming to document their work.

He has held photographic exhibitions and screenings throughout the UK, including Hoopers Gallery, House of Commons in London, Street Level Gallery, Document Film Festival, CCA, GFT and Platform in Glasgow. His multimedia photography work is featured regularly in newspapers and his film work has been shown at Film Festivals across Europe.

Chris recently graduated with a Masters in Documentary Photography and received a distinction award for Hope, Memories, Loss & Community, a multimedia project that documented stories of regeneration throughout Glasgow, from the closure of Paddy’s Market to the demolition of Sighthill and Red Road Flats.  He is planning to continue this project under the title of ‘The Glasgow Renaissance.‘ He currently lives in the East End of Glasgow with his wife and two children.

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