I see one earth - the difference between people and animal, the city and landscape is much less than what many people might think.
- Alan McFetridge
““I am interested in the forced migration of people, both on small and large scales, due to economic, social, political or environmental events. Whatever the scale of the event from the outside, those affected by them experience them as life changing. The power of humankind to radically change the lives of others of their kind, often for the worse, is played out in these situations with the quiet menace of domestic upheaval. The interplay between personal experience and "the event" is something I have been exploring in my work. From the Balfron Tower, where tenants were forced to leave to accommodate a wealthier class's arrival, to the democratic Christchurch earthquakes and my current project on the Horse River wildfire. With this latter project, however, a greater event of potential epic displacement and catastrophe are brought into the frame. With this work, the question which hovers over all the images is, where will we go, as a species, when we can no longer inhabit the lands we have since our beginnings. This is the key question when we consider climate change and it is a question which ignores all boundaries, boarders and human created divisions.” - A.M.
Born New Zealand (1971). His interest in photography was encouraged by his father, himself a keen amateur photographer. At 19 he moved to London to educate himself in photography. Under the advice of Magnum photographer David Hurn, he applied to study photojournalism at the London College of Printing. That summer, he met photographer Tim Flach, turned down the placement and became Flach's full-time assistant.
In 2012, after a decade of successful advertising campaigns across the globe. He moved into the dilapidated brutalist Balfron Tower in East London to recenter. In 2016 he received RPS Environmental Bursary and has begun researching and expeditions into the worlds last remaining wilderness areas.
The Royal Photographic Society's Environmental Bursary Award
Shortlisted for the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition.
Group Show, Syngenta Photography Award Show, Somerset House, London.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park Commission
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, BMW, Volkswagen, Fiat, Sony, Nokia, Air New Zealand, Toyota, Tourism Victoria and Lexus.
Awards, Features and Publications.
2017 Wild Land, Wild Suburbs, Wild Energy featured in The Journal, UK.
2016 Royal Photographic Environmental Bursary Award, International.
2016 LeBook Berlin, nomination for personal project, International.
2015 Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition Judges Choice.
2014 Short-listed for Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition, UK.
Judge for Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers, Australia.
2013 Capture One endorsement, International.
Capture Magazine interview, Australia.
2012 Lurzer’s Archive, International.
2011 Lurzer’s Archive, International.
Jungle City, publication, UK.
2010 Lurzer’s Best Automotive Photographers in the World, International.
2009 Royal Photographic Society, Print Exhibition, UK.
Speaker at Tate Britain’s initiative Raw Canvas, UK.
2008 Communication Arts - Photography Annual, USA.
Photo District News - Photography Annual, USA.
200 Best Ad Photographers worldwide,
International. Lurzer’s Archive, International.
2007 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide, International.
2006 The Awards, Association of Photographers, UK.
Photo District News - Photography Annual, USA.
Cones of Zonact, publication, Australia.
2005 Unrealised Projects, Vol 3, publication, Australia.
Communication Arts - Photography Annual, USA.
Lurzer’s Archive, International.
2004 The Awards, Association of Photographers, Sliver. UK.
200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide, International.
Creative Review, UK.
2003 Communications Arts - Photography Annual, USA.
Lurzers Archive, International.
2002 The Awards, Association of Photographers, UK.
2001 John Kobal Portrait Prize, UK.
Royal Photographic Society International Print exhibition, Silver UK.
AN for Artists, Feature, UK.
2018 Blatna Foto Festival, Czech Rebuplic
2017 RPS International Print Exhibition 160, London
2017 Syngenta Photography Award Show, Somerset House, London
2015 RPS International Print Exhibition 158, London
2015 Hidden in Plain Sight: Norwich University of the Arts, UK
2014 Flat 15 |12 Balfron Tower, Bow Arts, London
2013 Composites: Solo exhibition, Long White Cloud Gallery, Hoxton, London.
2012 2x2: Solo exhibition, Long White Cloud Gallery, Hoxton, London.
Disappearing Act: Solo exhibition, Long White Cloud Gallery, Hoxton, London.
2011 Blink: Group exhibition for East London PhotoMonth, Long White Cloud Gallery, Hoxton, London.
Into the wild: Group exhibition, Long White Cloud Gallery, Hoxton, London.
2009 Royal Photographic Society: International Print Exhibition, UK.
Lens Modern Exposed: Group exhibition, Daylight Zone Studios, London.
2006 Because your worth it: Group exhibition, g&A Studios, Sydney Australia.
2001 RPS International Print Exhibition 160, London
2001 John Kobal Portrait Prize: National Portrait Gallery, UK.