Adam Dobby former SAS, put down a rifle and picked up a camera: these haunting images are the result.
His perspective on war, first as a soldier then as a photographer, has enabled him to tell visual stories in a unique way. He homes in on expressions and faces, and we are able to see into the experience of victims, conscripts, warlords and others caught up in the whirlwind of history.
At a time when we consume thousands of images daily, these pictures arrest the eye. They are documents not only of suffering, but of the strange beauty found in the war-scapes of Ukraine, Africa and the Middle East. They speak of the complexity of conflict, and the connections human beings can make through a single look or gesture.
A portion of all sales from Adam's art will go to support two charities The SAS Regimental Association, the only official organisation that represents the Special Air Service Regiment & INARA that provides life-altering medical care for children from conflict areas who have catastrophic injuries or illnesses and are unable to access treatment due to war.
Limited edition, fine art prints are personally proofed, signed and sequentially numbered, showing both the print number and the total edition size.
Cheltenham Ladies’ College
'College was fortunate enough to welcome Adam Dobby to the Princess Hall on Friday 14th January, for a talk on his life and work as a former SAS member, and current war journalist and photographer.
Through his images, the audience had a window into the lives of women and girls caught in conflict zones. Whether Kurdish fighter, ISIS bride, or young girl clutching a ‘dream home’ toy in front of the rubble of her house, the photographs’ subjects inspired a wealth of emotion.
Mr Dobby told stories of his time in war zones such as Syria. He highlighted the importance of empathy as a photographer, considering where to draw the line in documenting the horrors of war, and wanted us to recognise the privileges we have in growing up with peace. Ultimately, in every photo, ideas sparked about the complexity of conflict, the beauty of human connection, and the importance of our shared humanity.
We look forward to seeing Mr Dobby return for the 'Three Humans on a Sofa' event towards the end of Spring Term.'
Lana - SFC1 (Year 12)
'We were privileged to have Adam visit our special school and give his time to share his remarkable and evocative photographs and stories with our students and staff. It was a challenging and significant experience for every one of us but especially for our pupils who were all moved by what Adam told us. They felt real empathy for children and young people living in war and conflict. It really enabled them to gain a deeper understanding of current events in Syria and Afghanistan and the impact these events are having on the lives of people their own age.'
Becky Cooper - Head Teacher - Hidelow Grange School
Hidelow Grange School is an independent special school located in Herefordshire. It caters for boys aged between 11 and 18 who are experiencing social, emotional and mental health difficulties.
'Adam came to the University of Gloucestershire recently to give a guest talk to final year students studying on a mental health module as part of their undergraduate degree in social work. Adam brought a well-curated selection of images with him, which we displayed to the student group as he talked about the back stories to each of them, as well as wider observations on conflict and trauma. He also took the time to source a helpful quotation from a relevant international social work group.
I was impressed with Adam's thoughtful and effective delivery of what are inevitably powerful and traumatic images, albeit beautifully photographed. It went down very well with the students, who gave very positive feedback both to Adam and afterwards to me. I had never used a visually-based guest talk like this before, but I would not hesitate to ask Adam back for a similar session in the future.'
Michael Isles - Senior Lecturer in Social Work - School of Health and Social Care
University of Gloucestershire
2021 - 6 SEPTEMBER - 20 SEPTEMBER
- Created in Conflict -
16 Rotunda Terrace,
2021 - 6 JULY - 22 AUGUST
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