My new series Hackney - Tale of Two Cities
is being exhibited at the London Festival of Photography
this month (1 – 24 June), and then, after that, a series of portraits from the project at a Troika Editions show, at Photofusion Gallery (27 July – 7 September).
The Hackney series
has now been added to my website.
Nominated for the Prix Pictet Photography Prize 2012
Africa's largest country has officially split in two. The Republic of South Sudan is the world's newest nation, achieving independence following Africa's longest-running civil war.
Zed Nelson's acutely observed environmental portraits reveal the new power structures of South Sudan’s inexperienced ruling elite. Capturing an unsettling mix of optimism and brooding menace, we go behind the scenes with those who help create and exploit a brand new country. Newly appointed government ministers, diplomats, UN chiefs, World Bank representatives, Chinese entrepreneurs, national beauty queens... everyone contributing to and feeding off the birth of this fledgling nation.
The story was first published in the Guardian Weekend Magazine
, DAS Magazine
(Switzerland) and D Magazine
(Italy) - in a collaboration that allowed me to spend several weeks in what turned out to be the most expensive African country I have ever visited (it cost $125 a night to sleep in a steel shipping container).
The South Sudan series
is now also on my website.
series is now in its 20th year and getting interesting.
I began this twenty years ago. I had an idea – based on time-lapse photography – to photograph this couple together on the same day every year. I planned the photography sessions in a formal, almost scientific way. Each year the picture was made on the same date, against the same backdrop, under the same lighting. This way there are no distractions, only the miracle of growth and the changes of time and ageing.
, the book, was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2011.
Consider buying the book?
It's available on Amazon
(for £20), although stock is running low.
"Zed Nelson's magnificent Love Me... is a brilliant and disturbingly acute series... A benchmark photography book."
Conscientious by Joerg Colberg
"A truly poignant and beautiful body of work."
Graham Letorney, Visura Magazine
"We refrain from questioning the status quo, because we associate what is popular with what is right."
Alain de Botton
In a series of compelling images, Love Me explores how a new form of globalisation is taking place, where an increasingly narrow Western beauty ideal is being exported around the world like a crude universal 'brand'. The project spans five years, and involves photography in 18 countries across five continents.
In Love Me, Zed Nelson has produced a powerful body of work that forces every one of us to question our own place in a culture that compels us to constantly judge, and be judged, by our appearance.
The solo exhibition of Love Me
is now touring in the UK and abroad.
In the UK it has so far been exhibited at the Impressions Gallery (Bradford), the Ffotogallery (Wales), Side Gallery (Newcastle), and is currently on show at the Durham Art Gallery until 24 June 2012.
Internationally it has shown in places as far apart as Denmark (Oksnehallen) and Australia (ACP). The next international Love Me
exhibition is in Norway, at the Perspektivet Museum
, Tromsø, from 10 October 2012 to 28 January 2013.
won several awards including First Prize book award in the International Photography Awards (USA), First Prize in the Pictures of the Year competition (USA), Judges' Special Recognition in the Best Photography Book Award, and a World Press Photo Award for Contemporary Issues.
The series was published widely in international magazines, across 170 pages so far.
Love Me on my website