Chris Leslie is an accomplished photographer and filmmaker with a rich background in capturing and documenting stories from various parts of the world. He started his journey by volunteering in the Former Yugoslavia in 1996, where he discovered his passion for photography. Over the years, he transitioned into working as a photographer, filmmaker, and communications manager for an international NGO, capturing stories in Africa and Eastern Europe.
In 2005, Chris took the leap into freelance documentary photography and filmmaking. He founded Journey Productions, an independent video production studio, and has since been dedicated to creating films and photography for both corporate and third-sector clients. He holds an MA (Distinction) in Documentary Photography from the London College of Communication, which he obtained in 2010.
Chris’s work took a personal turn as he began to document his hometown, Glasgow, focusing on the people directly impacted by the city’s demolition and regeneration projects. This endeavor culminated in the 2017 book and multimedia project, “Disappearing Glasgow,” which achieved a sold-out status. His work in Glasgow has established him as a significant chronicler of the city’s recent history.
His photography and films have gained recognition and are frequently featured in the Guardian. Notably, his photography has been acquired by the National Galleries of Scotland and private collectors. In 2021, he released “A Balkan Journey,” a project that offers a photographic journey through post-conflict Former Yugoslavia, showcasing a 25-year archive of previously unseen material from the region.
Looking ahead, Chris Leslie’s dedication to documentary work remains strong. He has two new projects on the horizon for 2023. The first is a feature-length and TV documentary about the Partisan Necropolis in Mostar. The second is “Concrete Dreams – The Rise and Fall of Cumbernauld Town Centre,” a visual arts project and book set for publication in 2024 as part of Recollective.
A Balkan Journey – Graphical House 2021
Barrowland Ballads (Recollective Project) – Graphical House 2019
Disappearing Glasgow – Freight Publishing 2016
Nothing Is Lost (Recollective Project) – Freight Publishing 2015
FILMS / SCREENINGS:
Z A T V A R A N J E – Sarajevo Film Festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival, BHFF NYC Royal Scottish Academy – 2021 / 2022
(Re)Imagining Glasgow – Glasgow Short Film Festival – 2016
Lights Out – Glasgow Short Film Festival / Document Film Festival – 2015
Finding Family, Sarajevo Film Festival, Raindance, BHFF NYC – 2014
The Bird Man of Red Road, Glasgow Film Festival / Dubai Art Fair – 2014
Dalmarnock Legacy – Nuremberg Human Rights Film Festival, 2011
2023 / 2024 – Making Space – Photographs of Architecture (Group Show)
– Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
2022 – Census (Group Show) – National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
2021 – Sarajevo Camera Kids – Sarajevska Vijećnica, Bosnia & Hercegovina
2021 – Pandemic (Group Show) – Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2019 – Home Sweet Home (Group Show) – Les Rencontres de la Photographie
2019 – Photo Fusion, (Streetlevel Exhibition with Arpita Shah), London
2017 – Disappearing Glasgow – Multimedia Exhibition, The Lighthouse
2017 – Glasgow Disparait, Fait & Cause, Paris
2016 – Disappearing Glasgow, Glasgow School of Art
2015 – Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
2014 – Remembering Paddy’s Market, The Briggait, Glasgow
2013 – Iconic Artists in Iconic Places, Summerlee Museum