Stephen Gill (b. 1971, Bristol, UK) became interested in photography in his early childhood, thanks to his father and interest in insects and initial obsession with collecting bits of pond life to inspect under his microscope.

Stephen’s photographs are 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, The Museum of London, Agnes B, Victoria Miro Gallery, Christophe Guye 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

2016. Fatigue Laboratory  – Christophe Guye Gallery, Nov 4th – Jan 28th
2016. Myeyefellout – The Photographers’ Gallery, London 18th March – 8th May
2016. Talking to Ants – Dillon Gallery,  New York until Sep 30th
2015. Buried flowers coexist with disappointed ants,Christophe GuyeMay 7 – June 27
2014. London Chronicles, Pôle Image, Rouen– May 21 to August 1
2013. Best Before End – GP Gallery, Tokyo  – April 3 to May 6
2013. Series Photographs – Galeri Image, Aarhus Denmark, Sep – Oct
2013. Talking to Ants – Shoot Gallery,  Oslo Feb 20 –  May 3
2013. Best Before End – Foam Fotografie Museum, Amsterdam 16 May – 15 July
2013. Coexistence – CNA, Luxembourg 28 Sep – 25 Aug 2013
2012. Outside In – GP Gallery, Tokyo 26 Mar – 22 May
2011. Outside In – Gungallery, Stockholm 17 Mar – 20 Apr
2011. Coming up for Air – GP Gallery, Tokyo Japan 20 Aug – 26 Sep
2010. Hackney Flowers – G/P Gallery, Tokyo
2009. A Series of Disappointments – Gungallery, Stockholm
2008. 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. Field Studies – Recontres d’Arles Photography festival.
2004. Hackney Wick – The Photographers’ Gallery, London

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017. Hackney Flowers  Goa Photography Festival, Panjim, Goa, Nov – Dec
2017. Festival de l’image possible, Liège, Belgium Aug 20th – Oct 16th
2016. Images festival, Vevey, Switzerland, September 10th – October 2nd
2016. Water, Pondy Photo, Pondicherry, India, Aug 27th – September 11th
2016. “The State I am in” Internationale Photoszene Köln, September 16
2015. Beneath the Surface, Somerset House from V&A collection, May 21- August 24
2015. Hackney Flowers,Fotografia EuropeaEarth Effect, May 15 – July 26
2014. The Return to Reason,Wendi Norris, San Francisco Jan 15th
2013. Urban Spirit –Chistophe Guye Gallery, Zurich
2012. Thresholds, Belfast Exposed, March
2011. Residual Traces, Photofusion, July
2011. Juxtaposition – See Studio, Hackney Wick, August
2011. Retrospex – Elevator Gallery, Hackney Wick, July
2011. Et Cetera – Hoxton Art Gallery, April / May
2011. No Exit – Off Ground – Helsinki Photography Biennial, March / April
2010. Photography Calling ! –  Sprengel Museum, Hannover, 9 October
2010. Outside In / Strange & Familier, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, 2 Oct
2009. 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
2009. Borderspaces – Schwartz Gallery, Hackney Wick
2009. 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
2006. European Eyes on Japan – Kagoshima Museum of Art
2006. ‘Says the Junk in the Yard’ – Flowers East
2006. Something That I’ll Never Really See – The V &A, London
2005. Click, Double Click – Haus Der Kunst, Munich
2005. Photography 2005 – Victoria Miro Gallery, London

Site specific

2007. Hackney Flowers, Street Exhibition, East London
2006. Billboards on Billboards Street exhibition, London.
2005. Cashpoint machines, London.
2000. An Edible exhibition, photographs on cakes with food dyes, East London.

Books

2017. Night Procession – Nobody
2014. Pigeons – Nobody
2014. Hackney Kisses – Archive of Modern Conflict
2014. Best Before End – Nobody
2014. Talking to Ants – Nobody
2013. Not in Service – Nobody
2011. Coexistence – Nobody / CNA
2011. Off Ground – Nobody
2010. B Sides – Nobody
2010. Coming up for Air – Nobody
2010. Outside In – Archive of Modern Conflict / Photoworks
2010. Birds – Nobody / Super Labo
2009. 44 photographs, Trinidad – Nobody
2008. The Hackney Rag – Nobody / GP Gallery
2008. Warming Down – Nobody
2008. A Series of Disappointments – Nobody
2007. Anonymous Origami – Nobody
2007. Hackney Flowers – Nobody
2007. Archaeology in Reverse – Nobody
2006. Buried – Nobody
2005. Hackney Wick – Nobody
2005. Invisible – Nobody
2004. Field Studies – Boot Books

Books Edited by Stephen Gill

2011. Lets sit down before we go – Bertien Van Manen
2008. Andrei Tarkovsky Bright, bright day
2007. Unseen uk, Photographs by postmen and women

Selected Reviews / Interviews

  1. Bristol Photography Book Festivalinterview
  2. Best Before End – Exhibition Review –ASX
  3. Coexistence –Lightbox
  4. Best Before End –Walk through
  5. Foam pre Best Before Endvideo interview
  6. Jack Interview withAdrian Burnham
  7. 9-Day Dig – AMC2
  8. The Wonderful World of Stephen Gill – BJP
  9. Outside In – foam Magazine
  10. Interview – Blink Magazine
  11. Unpublished Hackney Flowers – Huge Magazine
  12. The World Inside a Camera – The Morning News
  13. Hackney Calling – Monopol
  14. Self Publishing Done Right – PDN
  15. Stephen Gill’s Best Shot – The Guardian
  16. Shots in the dark, Francis Hodgson – FT Weekend 9th Oct
  17. Coming up for Air review Photoworks – Autumn / Winter
  18. Self publish or be dammed– The Guardian
  19. The Devil in the Detail– The Telegraph Magazine
  20. Creepy Crawlies– The Guardian
  21. The Hackney Podcast, November – Listen
  22. The Wicker Man – The Hackney Citizen, Sarah Birch – read it
  23. Shigeo Goto, The hope of photography
  24. Suwako Fukai – Quotation Magazine
  25. Most Influential in Book publishing – PDN
  26. Angharad Lewis, Lost forever – Grafik
  27. Toyoko Ito, Interview, Studio Voice, Japan
  28. Hackney Flowers – Japan Esquire
  29. Christof Schaden, Invariably Eden – foam Magaine – read
  30. Geoff Dyer – Unseen UK review / Aperture Magazine
  31. Times Photography Book of the year – read
  32. Anthony Lasala, Buried – Photo Eye Magazine
  33. Jeong Eun Kim, Fragments of a poem – Iann Magazine
  34. The Queen – on receiving a copy of Hackney Wick – read
  35. Gerry Badger, Hackney Wick – Ag Magazine
  36. MH, Hackney Wick – Foto8 Magazine – read
  37. Iain Sinclair, Lost Treasure – The Guardian Weekend – read
  38. Sophie Malexis, Hommes Invisibles – Le Monde 2
  39. Michel Guerrin, Le photographe en anthropolgue de la ville – Le Monde
  40. Invisible – Photonews
  41. Tim Clark, PhotoEspaña – NextLevel Magazine: Issue #8
  42. Now You See Them – The Guardian Weekend – read
  43. A Keen Observer of Life – Creative Review
  44. The Kindness of Strangers – The Guardian Weekend – read
  45. Message au dos – Liberation newspaper
  46. Jane Fletcher, A book of field studies – Source Magazine
  47. Sarah Kent, Hackney Wick – Time Out
  48. Elaine Paterson, Straight out of the ordinary – Metro Newspaper
  49. Paul Wombell, Eye Catching – Design Week
  50. Martin Murray, The Wick – Source Magazine
  51. Jon Ronson, Confessions of a Vino Virgin – The Guardian Weekend – read
  52. 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

  1. PHotoEspaña Photography Boook Award 2011 has awarded  Nobody   “Outstanding Publishing House of the Year”
  2. A Series of Disappointments, Photo Eye, Best books
  3. Hackney Flowers, Shorlisted in Arles Book Award
  4. Hackney Flowers, Photobook award, Kasseler fotoforum
  5. Anonymous Origami, runner up in Specific Object Award
  6. Anonymous Origami, shortlisted Photo Espania Book award
  7. Hackney Flowers, Photography Book of the year, The Times
  8. Buried, Shorlisted in Arles Book Award
  9. Hackney Wick – Winner of Photo Eye best books
  10. Buried, Photo District News Award, Best Books
  11. Winner of Vic Odden Award
  12. Hackney Wick, Shorlisted in Arles Book Award
  13. Invisible, Photo District News Award, Best Books
  14. Invisible, Shorlisted in Arles Book Award
  15. Field Studies, Photo District News Award, Best Books
  16. Winner of John Kobal Book Award for “A book of Field Studies”
  17. Field Studies, Shorlisted in Arles Book Award
  18. John Kobal 10th Anniversary, National Portrait Gallery
  19. John Kobal Portrait Award
  20. World Press Master Class, The Netherlands
  21. John Kobal Portrait Award
  22. Ernst Haas Golden Light Award, USA
  23. 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