09 May 2019, The Tablet

Beyond belief

Beyond belief

Christopher Roche: Devotion
H Club Gallery, London

It is often the rituals of faith that draw us in, and hold us steady, when everything else turns and churns inside and out. There are times when the essential mystery of God comes alive; and when these rituals take place against spectacular backdrops, there is an added dimension. That is what award-winning London-based, Canadian-born photographer Christopher Roche, explores in Devotion, an exhibition that runs for one-week only (14-19 May) in London’s fashionable H Club Gallery.

Roche has been on a five-year pilgrimage with his camera – from Tibet, through India, the North Caucasus and Iranian Kurdistan, to Ethiopia and Peru – seeking out moments in the world’s faith traditions when the intimate and epic, and the private and the public, are as one. The results are photographs that, in the best sense, become pictures.

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