(Image: Ian Hoskin, Face_3989.jpg, 24 February 2013, Paper, 54 x 36 centimeters; © Ian Hoskin)
Ian Hoskin (b. 1955, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne)
I was born in 1955 in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and couldn't wait to get away. Following a rather ignominious school career, I traveled in Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan Pakistan, India and Nepal and it was during this time that I discovered photography. On my return to the UK I resat O' levels then A' levels, did an Arts Foundation and then studied Photography at Sheffield Poly starting in 1979. At the end of my Degree I panicked and went to Teacher's Training College, subsequently teaching Art at a school in North London for 1 year, which was more than enough. I worked for the BBC both Teaching and Photographing and then Warner Brothers in a non photographic capacity. I have now returned to Photography full time, working with both digital and traditional film and wet process prints. The Defaced Series are images of old, decaying, defaced, weather-beaten posters on walls in Southern India. They are mainly from Political Campaigns, Wanted Posters, Obituary Notices and a small number from Adverts, but for most of us in the West the faces are entirely anonymous and carry no meaning. However, with a population in India of 1.25 Billion, having your image on a wall means you are for whatever reason, even if only temporarily, important. Regarding these faded and defaced faces acts for me as a momento mori: No matter how famous, we all end up slipping back one way or another into obscurity. The posters take on a life of their own after being exposed to the elements for so long, some ghostly and macabre, some comic, some even quite joyful and for me at least, all highly intriguing.
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