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 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
Gill has emerged as a major force in British photography, his photographic work has been exhibited and held in collections at many international galleries and museums including London’s National Portrait Gallery, Tate, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Photographers’ Gallery, Victoria Miro Gallery, Palais des Beaux Arts, Leighton House Museum, Haus Der Kunst, Gun Gallery, The Sprengel Museum and has had solo shows in festivals including – Recontres d’Arles, The Toronto photography festival and PHotoEspaña. A major solo exhibition of Stephen’s various London series was presented at Foam Museum in 2013.
Gill has gained special recognition for his numerous original and beautiful self published photo books such as Invisible, Hackney Wick, Warming Down, A Series of Disappointments, Archaeology in Reverse, Hackney Flowers, Buried, Off Ground, Coming up for Air, B-Sides, Trinidad 44 Photographs, A Book of Birds, Outside In, Coexistence and later this year will see the publication of Best Before End and Talking to Ants.