National Campaign for the Arts
Type of Work
Kingly Court Gallery. Carnaby Street, London
Royal College of Art. London
FAITH Centre. Wood Green, London
‘An exhibition about seeing and not just looking … A glimpse into the way of seeing of 8-13 years old at the beginning of the 21st century.’ Prof. Sir Christopher Frayling – former Chairman, Arts Council of England.
Eye See is a photography project conceived and produced by David Palazón and José Alvarez in collaboration with Kaho Kojima, the project involved the participation of 200 school children aged between 8 to 13 years from 14 schools across North London. Each child was given a disposable camera and asked to take pictures of those objects, places and situations of great importance to them. The project presented 3000 pictures, an experimental book, an installation and a short film, all displayed in 3 major exhibitions in London.
During the exhibition and through the eyes of the children we were able to see aspects of our culture and surroundings that otherwise go unnoticed. The absence of adult expectations in the photographs, the manner in which these objects and situations were framed and the verbal descriptions of these images, all contributed to a collective portrait of the emotions that these children projected onto the physical environment around them. This work was a dynamic evolving process enabled and established by the children direct participation. Eye See was a celebration of diversity, a portrait of childhood and a unique photographic record, but above all, Eye See was a platform for us to realise that we don’t see things as they are, because we tend to see things as we are.