About the Exhibition
Uzair Bawany and Leonard Neumann have put together a collection of photographs surrounding the theme of incredible natural wildlife, stunning landscapes and African skies. This exhibition is collated to raise awareness to the Mosaic charity, an initiative of HRH Prince Charles that works on inspiring less fortunate children in the UK with positive roles models through mentoring across primary and secondary school as well with young offenders.
All the profits of this exhibition will be donated to Mosaic.
Leonard, a professional photographer who is presenting his work on classic urban living from a different perspective. “It’s about the obvious, yet unseen extraordinary joy in seeing everyday life.” In combination, Uzair is showcasing his debut collection of photographs from trips to Africa over the last few years.
About Uzair Bawany
Uzair is an entrepreneur with experience in the headhunting field in the City. His background started in finance after University and then into headhunting where he orchestrated an MBO and grew his previous firm aggressively from a London centric firm to a global business with additional offices in Singapore, Ireland and India. He is also a Board member of Mosaic.
Uzair’s real interest in photography has led him to widen his studies in photography with a real focus on capturing subjects in low light without flash.
“Photography is my art of observation. The joy that photographs capture is in the different perspectives, it’s the way you see photography that makes this art and the intensity of the subjects lights up all our imagination… that is the joy of photography. “
Uzair has a particular love for Africa. “The light is so very special and dawn and dusk are magical times and a photographers dream.” He has been privileged to experience some amazing scenery and wildlife and has tried to capture some of the essence and emotions of Africa in his work.
About Leonard Neumann
For more than forty years, Leonard has been photographing life in South Africa, The United States, England and France. His first taste of photography, like many, was the book ‘The Family of Man’, a wonderful book and exhibition that Edward Steichen curated in 1955 for the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
“I was greatly moved by Robert Frank’s ‘The Americans’ and thus put on the trail of the great 20th Century photographers.”
This includes the New York school of photographers: Winogrand, Friedlander, Klein, Levitt, Arbus etc., Magnum (Capa, Cartier-Bresson, Chim Semour)
“My strongest influences are Josef Koudelka, Elliot Erwitt, Gary Winogrand, Tony Ray Jones, Bruce Davidson and Leonard Freed and I believe their influence comes through in my work. However, I strive to establish my own viewpoint and I feel that it resonates throughout my photographs.”
Leonard has displayed his works at The Pigeon Stone Project Dallas, Texas as well as Idler Gallery in London with Sir Timothy Ackroyd. Black and white is his color of choice and reflects the way that he sees the world.