Celebrated photographer John MacLean joins us to talk about his poignantly observant body of photographic work, Hometowns.  In this series MacLean pays homage to the incredibly subtle yet important influence of the hometown, particularly in relation to the fundamental visual development of artists themselves.  

Beginning with a simple idea that he quickly jotted down for himself in a notebook several years ago – ‘Photograph the hometowns of your heroes’ – MacLean has since explored and photographed more than twenty cities, towns and neighbourhoods around the world where a number of his artistic ‘heroes’ spent their childhood. 

MacLean has traversed the globe from Moscow to Mexico City, from the south-west of England to the American Midwest, in search of the everyday places that served as the most basic visual experiences and foundations for those artists who have inspired him, and thus for his own catalogue of creative inspiration.


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