When: 31 Jan – 5 Feb 2019
Where: After Nyne Gallery, London
Olympus are proud to present a new exhibition by Peter Dench – the photojournalist who has been documenting the global passion for football while riding the Trans-Siberian, a lifeline that connects a nation and nationalities.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup: 32 nations; 62 football matches; millions of fans. Russia: 11 time zones across two continents; home of the Trans-Siberian Railway – 5,772 miles across seven time zones in seven days. The world’s greatest football tournament and the world’s longest and most iconic single train journey in one of the world’s most powerful countries.
For Peter, this journey was an opportunity for the most epic of away days, documenting the global passion for football while riding the Trans-Siberian, a lifeline that connects a nation and nationalities. He captures the unexpected and confusing scenes across Moscow: from Russian football hooligans pledging a “death sentence” against all England fans, to Brazilian fans posing for pictures with Argentinian fans, or French supporters smiling while cycling between busts of Lenin and Stalin. He later finds himself walking over 100 miles around Moscow and photographing outside stadiums and inside fan zones.
This exhibition shows a multitude of perspectives and it is an intriguing experience of seeing the people’s passion for football at the Russian World Cup through the lenses of Peter Dench.