“It has a universality. Even if you don’t play football, or you have no interest in it, in a lot of cultures globally it has a context, and it has a relationship to those people.”
This week on 1854 Presents, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, photographer and artist Frederick Paxton unpacks Painted Lines, a project documenting football communities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
In conversation with Creative Producer Zoe Harrison, Paxton discusses sport as a vehicle to understand society, and his approach to exploring complex issues within simple frameworks — like the heart and humanity of a country which is overwhelmingly represented in the West as a site of unrest.
Paxton was awarded a LUMIX S Series kit to shoot the project as part of the LUMIX Stories for Change initiative: a collaboration with British Journal of Photography that highlights photography’s power in driving positive change.