BIOGRAPHY

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, and is one of an ever diminishing number of artist-photographers who make their own work from negative to 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 sixteen 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 Publishing ; DRAINED (essay : Francis Hodgson, 2018), FARMED (essay : Collier Brown, 2016) and TRUNCATED (essay : Gerry Badger, 2009 ). He has won a number of awards; in 2019 he was shortlisted for the Hariban Award (Kyoto, Japan) and in 2018 was awarded the inaugural Wolf Suschitzky Photography Prize and Residency. His work resides in important collections including ; the V&A Museum (London), the Ivor Braka Collection (London), the MoMA Library Collection (NYC) and the Martin Parr Foundation Library (Bristol, UK).

Hart’s work is often reviewed by the press and a number of leading critics have written about his pictures. 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 completing the third part of his Fenland landscape series which will be published by Dewi Lewis in 2020.

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Paul Hart is a photographer interested in the slow harvesting of hidden truth from the ordinary places that most of us pass by. He works in an unfashionable idiom with slow cumbrous equipment (not just old-fashioned analogue photography, but medium format analogue photography, slower still) in an unfashionable place. He seeks to find the bits of the land that speak their stories, and to transmit their importance in views which, typically, the absolute lack of melodrama demands slow looking and brings slow revelation. Hart’s placid, formally peaceful landscape is pregnant with stories that lurk in the mud or the mist. His magic lies in soliciting from his viewers the same half-historical, half romantic reaction to ploughed fields and straight drainage ditches as he gets from them himself.
— Francis Hodgson