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Photography Exhibition: Opening Night: Matthew Webb's "Carbon Journey: Low-Carbon Livelihoods in Russia and the CIS"

Moscow, 2013 © Matthew Webb /

Moscow, 2013 © Matthew Webb /

A unique opportunity to see photographs from Matthew Webb's acclaimed series 'Carbon Journey' - a journey of discovery of low-carbon livelihoods across Russia and the CIS.  Join us for drinks, good company and an opportunity to meet Matthew to discuss his work and experiences across less travelled paths.

Melting ice caps and drowning polar bears have become iconic images of the climate change debate, but though powerful, they do not necessarily engage people with the issue.  The 'Carbon Journey' photography exhibition by British-born Matthew Webb has brought the viewer closer to the idea that climate change resulting from human activities is something people can respond to on their own terms.  "People recognise objects of their own affection — those images of country life, giant snowy fields, frozen Baikal, old markets. Here is a simplicity and modesty so familiar to many," Masha Naimushina, an artist and curator who is Vice President of the Russian Federation of Artists, said. "Through those images of the familiar and beloved, Matthew makes the viewer understand the issue he is trying to communicate.  Here you look at the photographs, you read the text, you are thinking. They evoke feelings of sympathy and reflection on our lives and place in this world."

Documentary art photographer Matthew Webb was born in 1980 in Middlesbrough, an industrial town in the North East of England. Webb’s work in Russia and the CIS has been shown in 17 solo exhibitions including at the Moscow Manezh, the Russian State Darwin Museum and Anichkova Palace in St Petersburg - receiving more than 200,000 visitors. Webb's work has received acclaim in the Russian media including Vedomosti, National Geographic Russia, ITAR-TASS, TV Dozhd, Time Out Russia & The Moscow Times. The Russian Ministry of Culture & the Moscow Department of Culture have honoured Webb's  Carbon Journey series with several awards.  Webb's latest exhibition was exhibited at the Russian State Darwin Museum under the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014.  Webb’s photographs can be found in the Russian State Darwin Museum, Buckingham Palace Collection, UN Refugee Agency and private collections.

Entrance to the event is free, but booking is necessary.

RSVP Sergej Basiuk E: T: 020 7269 9770