As a young punk from Broxburn in West Lothian, Graham MacIndoe started out on his creative path studying painting at Edinburgh College of Art. That all changed when Graham developed a serious passion for photography, documenting street life around 1980s Edinburgh, creating intimate portraits of ordinary people going about their day-to-day lives.
He went out every weekend when he wasn’t in the painting studios at college, taking lots of photographs. He wanted to document the real Edinburgh – the ordinary people in the working class parts of the city, away from the tourist attractions that is portrayed across the world, places like Craigmillar, Wester Hailes and Pilton.
“It was a bit of a backlash against Colin Baxter who did all the picture postcard stuff – It wasn’t an Edinburgh that I associated with”.
Murray Johnson former director of Stills gallery, just started a photo department at the art school. He Took Graham under his wing and introduced him to photobooks by the likes of Robin Gillanders and Murdo MacLeod.
Graham carried his Olympus RM1 around with his everywhere. Taking pictures of student protests under Thatcherism – “They were cutting grants and making life difficult for everyone”.
In contrast to that he would take photographs of young families enjoying the amusements arcades at Portobello.
Graham has lived in the States for many years and now works as an associate professor of photography at Parsons The New School in New York City.
He continues to document the current political climate and BLM movement in New York. You can keep up with his latest work on his website here.
All Images © Graham MacIndoe, all rights reserved.