Social Documentary Photographer Brings Story of Calcutta Boxers to Ottawa
Close to 100 people squeezed through our studio on Preston Street throughout the evening Saturday night.
They came to see some fine photo art and to learn more about underprivileged female boxers in Calcutta. Guests included people from Ottawa Magazine, Canadian Geographic, Library & Archives Canada, art photography collectors and photo fans.
Dave has a unique ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. But the photos are only one-part of the story. Hearing him speak about his work really reflects the passion he has for his subjects.
Trattles’ show included a 45 minute presentation on his work photographing the “boxing ladies” of Calcutta, a group of young women using boxing to get themselves out of the slums. Trattles spent many months following the women and chronicling their story on traditional film cameras.
Dave’s prints speaks volumes. His story telling adds magic to the still photos. He tells stories no one else is telling.
Trattles has over 20 years experience in social documentary photography shooting for a long list of clients including aid agencies, prominent magazines and individual projects.