London-based photographer Andy Sewell (b.1978) has been described by Martin Parr as a bright new talent likely to make his mark on the future of photography. His work is found in important private and public collections including the V&A, The Museum of London and the National Media Museum.
Sewell's first published series, entitled The Heath, is a series of subtle and complex photographs taken over five years on Hampstead Heath in London.. The Heath is a winner of the International Photobook Award 2012 and was described by Sean O'Hagan in the Guardian as 'a book of suggestion, a landscape of the imagination as well as a record of a real and familiar place. A classic of understated observation'.
Sewell himself writes, 'Hampstead Heath was once part of the countryside surrounding the city and is now a green fragment deep within the urban landscape. It is a place of ancient trees, tall grass and thickets dense enough to get lost in - if only briefly. I go to the Heath to be somewhere that feels natural, yet I know this is no pathless wood. The Heath is as managed as any other part of London but managed to feel wild; I am interested in this paradox.'
The Heath was featured in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger's 2014 publication The History of the Photobook, Volume III.
Following on from The Heath, Sewell's latest body of work, Something Like A Nest, continues to explore the idea of the rural idyll, examining how the actual scenes of country life have changed in light of twenty-first century advances. Published in 2014, Sewell's book featuring the series has already received widespread acclaim and been featured in the British Journal of Photography, Financial Times, and at the Bristol Photobook Festival 2014.
British Photography / The Hyman Collection