ABOUT

British photographer Paul Hart (b. 1961) explores our relationship with the landscape, in both a humanistic and socio-historical sense. His series usually concentrate on a specific geographical region, where he photographs intensively over a number of years. He works primarily with the black and white analogue process, working as sole craftsman from the moment the negative is exposed to the creation of the final silver gelatin print.

Hart studied Art & Design at Lincoln College of Art (UK) and graduated from Nottingham Trent University (UK) in 1988 with a BA (Hons) in Photography. He has concentrated on long term self-initiated projects for the past fifteen years. His work has been widely exhibited, most recently at; The Photographers’ Gallery (London), The Austrian Cultural Forum (London), The Royal Photographic Society (Bristol, UK), The University of Cambridge (UK), The Royal Academy of Arts (London) and The Cultural Foundation ARCADE (Dijon, France). Hart’s work is regularly shown at major art fairs including : Photo-London, Paris Photo & The AIPAD Photography Show (NYC).

To widespread critical acclaim Hart has published three monographs with Dewi Lewis ; TRUNCATED (essay : Gerry Badger, 2009 ), FARMED (essay : Collier Brown, 2016) & DRAINED (essay : Francis Hodgson, 2018). He has won a number of awards and in 2018 was awarded the Wolf Suschitzky Photography Prize and was shortlisted for the Mark Rothko Memorial Trust Award. His work resides in the permanent collection at the V&A Museum (London), the Martin Parr Foundation Library (Bristol, UK), the Ivor Braka Collection (London) and in a number of important private collections.

For over a decade Hart has collaborated with Ilford-Photo who feature this work in numerous campaigns. Hart’s work is regularly reviewed in the press by publications such as; The Daily Telegraph (UK), Photomonitor (UK), LensCulture (France) & LensWork (USA). Getty images represent his early-career horticultural portfolio working with clients such as The Royal Horticultural Society & BBC Worldwide.

Paul Hart lives in Lincolnshire (UK) and is currently working on the concluding part of his Fenland landscape series.

 
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Hart’s empty agricultural landscapes are a revelation - recording a part of England that is sparsely populated and rarely visited. There is a surprising majesty to the endless empty fields, framed by power lines and smothered in damp fog, and a specificity to each image. Hart’s practice is not about ‘being in the right place at the right time’ but rather the result of scrutiny and dedication over many years.
— Katy Barron