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One to watch: Charlie Kwai

One to watch: Charlie Kwai

By: Fiona Carr

​Charlie Kwai is a street snapper extraordinaire.

He’s been relatively under the radar so far, featuring on a couple of indie websites, but his new book, Overtime, is set to bring Kwai to the public’s attention. The book observes London’s city boys on their commutes to and from work, and portrays the harsh, cold world these businessmen inhabit. The photographs are stark, over-exposed, the subjects often appearing flushed, as if from a heavy lunchtime drinking session. Many of the photos were taken around Bank, and the subjects’ reactions range from defiance to exhaustion to horror. The daily grind has never looked bleaker.