Wedge Gallery, July 25th - 6 August.

Delighted to announce a solo exhibition and book launch in Sydney, Australia.

For his first solo exhibition at Wedge Gallery, Dead End, Alan McFetridge culminates work from his research project on fire ecology shot across Australia and Canada. A hauntingly beautiful array of large scale photographs and camera-less photograms, made across Australia and Canada, creates an acute awareness of fossil fuels danger to social, economic and political stability.


Book Launch: 25 July 5:30

Preview: 25 July 6:00 - 8:00, exhibition continues until August 6th

Wedge Gallery and Kinokuniya Books

Level 2, The Galeries, 500 George St,

Sydney, NSW 2000.

High Resolution Images available on request

For further information on this project please contact Alan McFetridge:

The Guardian - Feature Gallery

Pictures from the aftermath of the Menai fire in Australia are featured in The Guardian this weekend. The gallery opens on the 10th anniversary of 2009 Black Saturday fire in Victoria where 173 lives were lost .

The pictures come with a call to action for Governments and Industry to act on the use of dangerous fossil fuels.

Click to see project gallery.

Blatensky Photo Festival, Czech Republic, 15-16 September 2018.

Delighted to announce that during September, I will be taking my environmental study, Haymaker, to the Czech Republic where the work will be shown for the first time there at the 13th Annual Blatensky Photo Festival. 

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Please email If you have any questions about attending.

Interview and Feature: Royal Photographic Society, The Journal, June 2018.

‘It is an intriguing idea and a beautiful book’ - Gemma Pagley, photography writer, U.K.

I'm delighted to have been selected to contribute in June's 2018 edition of the RPS, The Journal. Showing photography from my time in the harsh yet sublime boreal forest. The feature has a carefully selected group of photographs and interview by Editor, Kathleen Morgan and photography writer Gemma Padley. A very special thank you to Kathleen and Gemma for making this so enjoyable to read and make!


For full feature & interview please email alan(at)


Royal Photographic Society Feature

Delighted to have such a wonderful write up by the RPS in their March News section on my Wild Fire, Wild Suburbs, Wild Energy project. The Boreal Forest is sparsly habitiated by humans, yet full on the rest of nature. It is the Worlds largest land biome.

Photograph: Black Spruce, Highway 63, Alberta. October 2016 © Alan McFetridge

Photograph: Black Spruce, Highway 63, Alberta. October 2016 © Alan McFetridge

Environmental awareness project now with The Story Institute.

Delighted to announce that an exclusive global agreement with The Story Institute to manage the Wild Fire, Wild Suburbs, Wild Energy photography has been confirmed. 

Tower Road, Anzac, Alberta. February 2017 © Alan McFetridge

Tower Road, Anzac, Alberta. February 2017 © Alan McFetridge

Please use this link or email Matt at Institute for information.


Exhibition: Royal Photographic Society 160 IPE, London.

An opportunity to view one of the first prints from my RPS Environmental Bursary project is showing tonight at The Royal Photographic Societies IPE 160. Opening in London at Truman's. Please come and join me and the many others that contributed to this year's outstanding exhibition.

12 October, Opening Night, 6-9pm. 

Exhibition continues 13 - 16 October 2017

Please email for the Guest List

Syncrude TarSand Oil Refinery, Alberta, Canada. February 2017 © Alan McFetridge

Syncrude TarSand Oil Refinery, Alberta, Canada. February 2017 © Alan McFetridge

Press: The Royal Photographic Society Journal

Delighted to be interviewed by Kathleen Morgan at the RPS Journal for October 2017


In 2011, the plant at Mildred Lake site (shown) was the largest emitter of greenhouse gases of  in Canada. It is owned by the consortium Syncrude Canada Ltd. The 183-meter high smokestack shown here released over 13 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent into the atmosphere in 2011. This includes Ammonia, Sulphuric Acid, and Xylene. The latest available data from Environment Canada shows the plant has lowered emission to 11.4 million tonnes. It is, however, one of seven plants within a 30km radius that released 34 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2015.

Out of sight for many, tar sand refineries are heavy polluters, categorized as ‘non conventional oil extraction’ by Environment Canada. At a time when CO2 levels in the atmosphere are already at the highest levels in 400,000 years. The colossal scale of industry and infrastructure in the region here supplies demand for existing oil-using infrastructure that has been building in OECD countries from around 1920’s-30’s . In the U.S. average consumption is 2.7 gallons (10.2 liters) per person per day. U.S. consumption compares to India’s 0.15 gallons (0.56 liters) per person per day3. Extraordinary, when taking into consideration world population. Countries with high populations contribute the least to the problem of consumption.

This was made possible by a bursary from the Royal Photographic Society and The Photographic Angle. See his work until 28 March at @syngentaphotoaward

Somerset House Instagram TakeOver

Alan was delighted to host the Somerset House Instagram account over the weekend.

Firebag is a series of photograms by McFetridge that take place in the heart of earth’s largest biome, the boreal forest. On the 1st of May 2016; heated muskeg from a quad bike’s exhaust ignited a wildfire burnt for a month consuming 600,000 hectares of the forest life, including four suburbs of Fort McMurray. The city became a centre to explore the event of the wildfire and the contact points on interface of human-life and wildlife. The fire cycle is an integral factor in shaping the boreal. Accelerating climate change and increasing human activity at the interface are contributing factors that are disturbing the equilibrium of the ecosystem. This was made possible by a bursary from the Royal Photographic Society and The Photographic Angle. See his work until 28 March at @syngentaphotoaward

Exhibition: Somerset House, London

Bad Liver and a Broken Heart has been curated into the 2017 Syngenta Photography Award Exhibition.

Bad Liver and a Broken Heart. 2016. 80cm x 100cm

Bad Liver and a Broken Heart. 2016. 80cm x 100cm

Bad Liver and a Broken Heart was made during the demolition of one the Greater London Council's initiatives, the Ferrier Estate in Kidbrooke. 


The exhibition will be on show in the West Wing Galleries of the iconic Somerset House. Curated by Candlestar, it explores various issues to the overarching theme Grow-Conserve, including the challenge of food security as the global population continues to to grow; conflict, climate change and sustainability. The exhibition questions whether or not it is realistically possible to do more with less in order to conserve what we have today for the next generation.

West Wing Gallery

Open 9 - 28th of March, 2017

 Mon, Tues, Sat, Sun 10:00am - 18:00. Wed-Fri 11:00am - 20:00 FREE

Somerset House
Strand, London WC2R 1LA
+44 (0)20 7845 4600

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