Leica Camera and Magnum Photos announce ‘Sound of Harris’: a new exhibition from Olivia Arthur and Philipp Ebeling

Sound of Harris a new exhibition from Olivia Arthur and Philipp Ebeling
Leica Camera and Magnum Photos announce ‘Sound of Harris’: a new exhibition from Olivia Arthur and Philipp Ebeling

Leica Camera and Magnum Photos have unveiled an exciting new body of work by Magnum photographer, Olivia Arthur, in collaboration with Philipp Ebeling, entitled ‘Sound of Harris’. The project was commissioned by Leica and shot on the Leica M (Typ 240), and will be exhibited at the Leica Studio in Mayfair in December 2015.

Sound of Harris, which is named after the stretch of sea that runs directly below the Isle of Harris in Scotland, is a photographic journey into the Outer Hebrides, guided by centuries-old stories of the land and tales of the sea. The remote islands - and the harsh conditions in which people work to make a living - have inspired stories and a tradition of storytelling that is as rich as the islands are barren.

The project was also created in conjunction with local inspirational storyteller, Ian Stephen.

Commenting on the work, Olivia Arthur explained, “Taking the stories as our starting point, we have explored the islands, meeting people who continue to make their living at sea, on the land or in the small villages, as well as those who come to escape – or in search of loneliness. We felt the influence of the weather, the power of the sea and saw faces in the mountains and monster-like shapes emerge from the seaweed as the tide receded. This inspired the direction of our photography throughout the project.”

Jason Heward, managing director, Leica Camera Ltd, said, “We are incredibly proud to be working with Olivia and Philipp. Leica and Magnum are synonymous with the best photography, and this new body of work by one of Magnum's youngest and most exciting photographers adds to this heritage. Olivia and Philipp have used the M System to reveal a unique and enchanting perspective on life in the Outer Hebrides.”

The Sound of Harris exhibition will be open for public viewing from 2-10 December 2015.

Exhibition venue: Leica Studio, 27 Bruton Place, London W1J 6NQ

Tel: 020 7629 1351

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 11am - 4pm

To view the full range of pictures from Sound of Harris, please visit: Olivia Arthur Leica Story

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