London, United Kingdom
Institute for Artist Management (INSTITUTE)
Westminster University, London
Born in East Africa, Nelson graduated from Westminster University, London, with a degree in photography and filmmaking.
Having gained international recognition and numerous awards as a documentary photographer, Nelson’s recent work adopts an increasingly considered, in-depth approach to reflect on contemporary social issues through long-term personal projects.
Love Me, Nelson’s most recent book, reflects on the cultural and commercial forces that drive a global obsession with youth and beauty. The project spanned five years, involved photography in 18 countries across five continents, and was recently nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.
Nelson's seminal first book, Gun Nation, was a ground-breaking reflection on America’s love affair with the gun. Gun Nation has been exhibited internationally and awarded five major photography prizes (including First Prize in World Press Photo Competition, the Visa d’Or, France, and the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award, USA).
Nelson’s work has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, the Tate Britain, the Institute for Contemporary Arts (ICA), and is in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Nelson has had solo shows in New York, Stockholm, Copenghagen and London.
Nelson is represented by the agency Institute for Artist Management
A portrait of a nation that has a population of 300+ million people—and a circulation of 300+ million guns.
Who really governs and leads South Sudan, the world's newest nation? Zed Nelson photographed some of the new leaders emerging after Africa's longest-running civil war.