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Stephen Gill London, United Kingdom

For a recent commission, British photographer Stephen Gill created quirky pieces of art that combine the effects of photograms, faded film, light flares, chance, and his own unique vision of where to point his camera.

Ever-relentless in his pursuit of joy with photography, Stephen Gill chose to collaborate with a physical place this time — not only photographing it, but also then burying his photographic prints in the same general location to see what the place would add (or subtract). The results are, well, earthy and conceptual, to say the least.
In this photobook conceived and edited by Stephen Gill, mail carriers from the Royal Mail share their unique views on British society and culture along their postal routes.
About Stephen Gill

Born Bristol, UK 1971. Lives in London.

Stephen Gill was introduced to photography at an early age by his father, and his first photographs reflected his interests in birds, animals and music.

Stephen’s photographs are now held in various private and public collections and have also been exhibited at many international galleries and museums including London’s National Portrait Gallery, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Agnes B, Victoria Miro Gallery, Sprengel Museum, Tate, Centre National de l’audiovisual, Galerie Zur Stockeregg, Archive of Modern Conflict, Gun Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, Palais des Beaux Arts, Leighton House Museum, Haus Der Kunst and has had solo shows in festivals including – Recontres d’Arles, The Toronto photography festival and PHotoEspaña.

Selected Solo exhibitions

2013. Best Before End – Foam Fotografie Museum, Amsterdam 16 May – 15 July
2012. Coexistence – CNA, Luxembourg 28 Sep – 25 Aug 2013
2011. Outside In – GP Gallery, Tokyo 26 Mar – 22 May
2011. Outside In – Gungallery, Stockholm 17 Mar – 20 Apr
2010. Coming up for Air – GP Gallery, Tokyo Japan 20 Aug – 26 Sep
2009. Hackney Flowers – G/P Gallery, Tokyo
2008. A Series of Disappointments – Gungallery, Stockholm
2007. Anonymous Origami and Buried – Leighton House Museum
2006. Toronto Photography Festival, Canada
2005. Invisible and Lost – PHotoEspaña, Real Jardín Botánico
2005. Stephen Gill Photographs – The Architectural Association, London
2004. Field Studies – The State Centre of Architecture, Moscow
2004. Recontres d’Arles Photography festival.
2003. Hackney Wick – The Photographers’ Gallery, London

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013. Thresholds, Belfast Exposed, March
2012. Residual Traces, Photofusion, July
2012. Juxtaposition – See Studio, Hackney Wick, August
2012. Retrospex – Elevator Gallery, Hackney Wick, July
2012. Et Cetera – Hoxton Art Gallery, April / May
2012. No Exit – Off Ground – Helsinki Photography Biennial, March / April
2011. Photography Calling ! – Sprengel Museum, Hannover, 9 October
2010. Outside In / Strange & Familier, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, 2 Oct
2010. London Calling – James Hyman Gallery 25 February – 1 May
2009. Sound Escapes – Space, Hackney London, 25 July – 15 August
2009. After Color – Bose Pacia, New York, July 8 – August 21
2008. Borderspaces – Schwartz Gallery, Hackney Wick
2008. What You See Is What You Get, CNA – Luxembourg
2008. Anonymous Origami and Disappointments – St. Ann’s Warehouse, New York
2008. Haus Der Kunst, Munich – Parrworld
2008. European Eyes on Japan – Kagoshima Museum of Art
2007. ‘Says the Junk in the Yard’ – Flowers East
2007. Something That I’ll Never Really See – The V &A, London
2006. Click, Double Click – Haus Der Kunst, Munich
2005. Photography 2005 – Victoria Miro Gallery, London

Site specific

2007. Hackney Flowers, Street Exhibition, East London
2004. Billboards on Billboards Street exhibition, London.
2003. Cashpoint machines, London.
2001. An Edible exhibition, photographs on cakes with food dyes, East London.

Books

2013. Not in Service
2012. Coexistence
2011. Off Ground
2010. B Sides
2010. Outside In
2010. Coming up for Air
2010. Birds
2009. 44 photographs, Trinidad
2009. The Hackney Rag
2008. Warming Down
2008. A Series of Disappointments
2007. Anonymous Origami
2007. Hackney Flowers
2007. Archaeology in Reverse
2006. Buried
2005. Hackney Wick
2005. Invisible
2004. Field Studies

Books Edited by Stephen Gill

2011. Lets sit down before we go – Bertien Van Manen
2008. Andrei Tarkovsky Bright, bright day
2006. Unseen uk, Photographs by postmen and women

Selected Reviews / Interviews

2013. Best Before End – Exhibition Review – ASX
2013. Best Before End – Walk through
2013. Foam pre Best Before End video interview
2012. 9-Day Dig – AMC2
2012. The Wonderful World of Stephen Gill – BJP
2012. Outside In – foam Magazine
2012. Interview – Blink Magazine
2012. Unpublished Hackney Flowers – Huge Magazine
2011. The World Inside a Camera - The Morning News
2011. Hackney Calling – Monopol
2011. Self Publishing Done Right – PDN
2010. Stephen Gill’s Best Shot – The Guardian
2010. Shots in the dark, Francis Hodgson – FT Weekend 9th Oct
2010. Coming up for Air review Photoworks – Autumn / Winter
2010. Self publish or be dammed - The Guardian
2010. The Devil in the Detail - The Telegraph Magazine
2010. Creepy Crawlies - The Guardian
2009. The Hackney Podcast, November - Listen
2009. The Wicker Man - The Hackney Citizen, Sarah Birch - read it
2009. Shigeo Goto, The hope of photography
2009. Suwako Fukai – Quotation Magazine
2008. Most Influential in Book publishing – PDN
2008. Angharad Lewis, Lost forever – Grafik
2008. Toyoko Ito, Interview, Studio Voice, Japan
2008. Hackney Flowers – Japan Esquire
2007. Christof Schaden, Invariably Eden – foam Magaine - read
2007. Geoff Dyer – Unseen UK review / Aperture Magazine
2007. Times Photography Book of the year - read
2007. Anthony Lasala, Buried – Photo Eye Magazine
2007. Jeong Eun Kim, Fragments of a poem – Iann Magazine
2006. The Queen – on receiving a copy of Hackney Wick - read
2006. Gerry Badger, Hackney Wick – Ag Magazine
2006. MH, Hackney Wick – Foto8 Magazine - read
2006. Iain Sinclair, Lost Treasure – The Guardian Weekend - read
2005. Sophie Malexis, Hommes Invisibles – Le Monde 2
2005. Michel Guerrin, Le photographe en anthropolgue de la ville – Le Monde
2005. Invisible - Photonews
2005. Tim Clark, PhotoEspaña – NextLevel Magazine: Issue #8
2005. Now You See Them – The Guardian Weekend - read
2004. A Keen Observer of Life – Creative Review
2004. The Kindness of Strangers – The Guardian Weekend - read
2004. Message au dos – Liberation newspaper
2004. Jane Fletcher, A book of field studies – Source Magazine
2003. Sarah Kent, Hackney Wick – Time Out
2003. Elaine Paterson, Straight out of the ordinary – Metro Newspaper
2003. Paul Wombell, Eye Catching – Design Week
2003. Martin Murray, The Wick – Source Magazine
2003. Jon Ronson, Confessions of a Vino Virgin – The Guardian Weekend - read
2001. Thomas Sutcliffe, Framed – The Independent Magazine

Slide show venues

Southbank Centre, London
Cheltenham Film Studios, UK
Studio Film Club, Trinidad
Camberwell college of arts, London
The Photographers Gallery, London
The Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
The Roundchapel, Hackney London
Royal College of Art, London
Somerset House, London
Novo mesto, Slovenia
Newport School of art, media and design, Wales
The Royal Academy of Arts, London
246 / Tokyo
Southbank Centre, London
Toronto Photography festival
Gun Gallery, Stockholm
St. Ann’s Warehouse, New York
Bath literature festival
Rhubarb-Rhubarb, Birmingham
G/P Gallery, Tokyo

Awards

2011. PHotoEspaña Photography Boook Award 2011 has awarded Nobody “Outstanding Publishing House of the Year”
2009. A Series of Disappointments, Photo Eye, Best books
2008. Hackney Flowers, Shorlisted in Arles Book Award
2008. Hackney Flowers, Photobook award, Kasseler fotoforum
2008. Anonymous Origami, runner up in Specific Object Award
2008. Anonymous Origami, shortlisted Photo Espania Book award
2008. Hackney Flowers, Photography Book of the year, The Times
2007. Buried, Shorlisted in Arles Book Award
2007. Hackney Wick – Winner of Photo Eye best books
2007. Buried, Photo District News Award, Best Books
2006. Winner of Vic Odden Award
2006. Hackney Wick, Shorlisted in Arles Book Award
2006. Invisible, Photo District News Award, Best Books
2005. Invisible, Shorlisted in Arles Book Award
2004. Field Studies, Photo District News Award, Best Books
2004. Winner of John Kobal Book Award for “A book of Field Studies”
2003. Field Studies, Shorlisted in Arles Book Award
2002. John Kobal 10th Anniversary, National Portrait Gallery
2001. John Kobal Portrait Award
1997. World Press Master Class, The Netherlands
1996. John Kobal Portrait Award
1996. Ernst Haas Golden Light Award, USA
1986. Kodak Pet Portrait Award

Quotes

“Stephen Gill has learnt this: to haunt the places that haunt him. His photo-accumulations demonstrate a tender vision factored out of experience; alert, watchful, not overeager, wary of that mendacious conceit, ‘closure’. There is always flow, momentum, the sense of a man passing through a place that delights him. A sense of stepping down, immediate engagement, politic exchange. Then he remounts the bicycle and away. Loving retrievals, like a letter to a friend, never possession… What I like about Stephen Gill is that he has learnt to give us only as much as we need, the bones of the bones of the bones…”
Iain Sinclair

“Stephen Gill is emerging as a major force in British photography. His best work is a hybrid between documentary and conceptual work. It is the repeated exploration of one idea, executed with the precision that makes these series so fascinating and illuminating. Gill brings a very British, understated irony into portrait and landscape photography.”
Martin Parr

“Stephen Gill’s photographs have all the naïve gusto of the field studies series of old. Mercifully lacking in sarcasm and malevolent irony, they are also wise and modern and beautifully laden with tiny, understated details about the way we live today.”
Jon Ronson

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