I was born in London (1976) to a policeman and a legal secretary. I grew up sitting on my grandads lap watching Tom and Jerry, The Big Fight Live and Tales of the Unexpected. I was a competition swimmer before discovering acid house and then a friend gave me a camera to play with. I worked as a music photographer and then with a historic clothing archive where I was commissioned to make some books - some won awards. I temporarily moved to Vietnam (2015-2019) where I learnt natural textile dyeing techniques and other artisan crafts with ethnic minority groups in the mountains. My photos have been published internationally and exhibited in the UK, Europe and South East Asia. My personal work often interrelates themes of false memory, absence/presence, artifice, authenticity and decay (impermanence, incompleteness, imperfection). I am presently based in Cornwall and studying an MA Photography at Falmouth University.
Worked with: Le Ba Dang Memory Space, The British Council, Bowers & Wilkins, Domino Records, FatCat Records, Indiehand, Kilomet 109, Laurence King Publishing, Vi-House, The Vintage Showroom, We Create Content, XL Recordings, SilkWinds, Kinfolk, Travellive, Vietnam Airlines Heritage Fashion Magazine, Mekong Review, Collected, SPEX, Boys By Girls, SHOWROOM publication, Time-Out London, Men’s-File, Lux, Q, NME, Clash, DJ, Mixmag, Nick Cave, The Horrors,
Max Richter, The Twilight Sad, Breton, Brakes, The Rank Deluxe, Clearlake, The Mutts, Gary Gill, David Nolan, Georgia Hardinge, Carbon Unit, Traams, Spencer Parker.
AWARDS / NOTABLE CREDITS
2013 | Lifestyle Illustrated Award, British Book Design & Production Awards 2013 - Collaborative award for 'Vintage Menswear - A Collection by The Vintage Showroom', Sims, Luckett & Gunn. Laurence King Publishing.
2014 | The Vintage Showroom - An Archive Of Menswear (Luckett & Gunn), Laurence King Publishing.
2014 | Showroom Publication Vol.II - TVS Publishing.
2013 | Vintage Menswear - A Collection From The Vintage Showroom (Sims, Luckett & Gunn), Laurence King Publishing.
2013 | Showroom Publication Vol.I - TVS Publishing.
2017 | Phiêu / New for Old - The British Council & Kilomet109, The Hanoi Arts & Culture Centre, Hanoi, Vietnam.
2014 | Showroom, The Vintage Showroom, 14 Earlham Street, London.
2011 | Rubric, The Old Rag Factory, Brick Lane, London.
2011 | Underbelly London, Commercial Road, London.
2020 - 2022 | MA Photography, University of Falmouth
2003 - 2007 | BA (hons) Photomedia, Croydon College, London Metropolitan University
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