BAFTA Scotland (New Talent) Award Winning photographer and filmmaker Chris Leslie began taking photographs whilst volunteering in the Former Yugoslavia in 1996. He then went on to work as a photographer, filmmaker and communications manager for an International NGO documenting stories across Africa and Eastern Europe.
In 2005 he went freelance as a documentary photographer and filmmaker and founded Journey Productions – an independent video production studio producing films and photography for corporate and third sector clients.
Leslie graduated from the London College of Communication in 2010 with an MA (Distinction) in Documentary Photography. As part of his final project he began documenting his home city of Glasgow, following the stories of the people on the frontline of demolition and regeneration. This documentation continued after his MA and resulted in the 2016 sold out book and multimedia project Disappearing Glasgow. This project and other projects in Glasgow established him as one of the most consistent chroniclers of the city’s recent history.
His photography and films are featured regularly in the Guardian and his photography work has been acquired by the National Galleries of Scotland as well as many private collectors. Leslie’s most recent project and book – A Balkan Journey released in 2021 takes us on a photographic journey through the towns and cities of post-conflict Former Yugoslavia in this extensive and previously unseen 24-year archive from his region.
Nothing Is Lost (Recollective Project) – Freight Publishing 2015
Disappearing Glasgow – Freight Publishing 2016
Barrowland Ballads (Recollective Project) – Graphical House 2019
A Balkan Journey – Graphical House 2021
FILMS / SCREENINGS:
Z A T V A R A N J E – Glasgow Film Festival, Royal Scottish Academy – 2021
(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
Paddy’s Market – Nuremberg Human Rights Film Festival, 2011
2022 – A Balkan Journey – SOGO Gallery, Glasgow
2021 – Balkansko Putovanje – Student Center, Zagreb
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