John Charity

Rùsgadh aig an fhaing, Loch a' Bhraoin, Ros an Iar [During the Clipping at Loch a'Bhraion, Wester Ross] (Taken 1988, print made 1992)

About this artwork

This image became important for John Charity as evidence of documentary's ability to express complex ideas in a powerful way. It is a photograph about the way children get fed up working as adults and choose play over work. We witness the point at which little Neil has had enough of clipping and is, instead, showing off his fake Santa beard while his father carries on with the work.

John Charity

John Charity

John Charity was born in Nottingham in 1946 and is a self-taught photographer. From 1974 to 1981 he was a Lecturer in Documentary Photography at Gwent College in Newport, Wales. He was commissioned to photograph life in Ross and Cromarty by the local district council of the region from 1986 to 1988. He has exhibited widely in Britain and the United States.