Giles Price’s work looks at civilisations, major structural and built interventions, landscapes transformed by protest and mass gathering as well as those activated by traces of human existence and survival in extremity. Within this view of mankind’s impact and actions the work comprises political, environmental and economic concerns.
Price’s photographic practice focuses on the exploration of landscape and portraiture, often conceptualised in relation to one another and shot in series. He interested in how new types of technology including drones and thermal imagery can be used in visual storytelling. Price has gained considerable attention as one of a new generation of image-makers extending the genre of contemporary landscape photography. His work presents us with a challenging re-working of the aerial perspective that confronts and engages the traditionally incompatible modes of (military) surveillance imagery, large scale abstraction and social documentary.
Price’s interest in photography began while on military service. He joined the Royal Marine Commandos in 1990, aged 16, and served in Northern Iraq / Kurdistan at the end of the first Gulf War. During this time, he created Operation Haven, a snapshot diary now held by the Imperial War Museum, London. After leaving the military he went on to complete a BA Hons in Photographic Studies at the University of Derby.
Several of his portrait series are held in the permanent collection of London’s National Portrait Gallery. In 2013 he was awarded second prize in the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery. Price is often commissioned to produce editorial photo stories and portraits for publications including The New York Times Magazine for which he is a contributor, FT Weekend Magazine, Bloomberg Markets and Telegraph Magazine among others.
His work was included in William A. Ewing’s acclaimed survey of 21st century landscape photography ‘LANDMARK: The fields of landscape photography’ (Thames & Hudson, 2014) and also features in William A. Ewing & Holly Roussell’s latest exhibition and book, ‘CIVILISATION: The Way We Live Now‘, which launched in October 2018. His World War Veterans portraits are currently being exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, London unitl January 2019.
IPA Lucie Award 2018
PDN Photo Annual 2018
Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2014
Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2013 – Second Prize Winner
‘E20 12 Under Construction’ – Vitra, London, 27 July – 6 Sept 2012
‘E20 12 Under Construction’ – The Crossing, Central Saint Martins, London, 26 June – 9 Sept 2012
‘Macroscopic Olympiad’ – SeeStudio Gallery, London, 2011
‘Armistice Centenary: Veterans and Rememrance’ – National Portrait Gallery, London – Nov 2018 – Jan 2019
‘After The War’ – Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia – Oct 2018 – Oct 2019
‘Civilization – The Way We Live Now’ – The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea – Oct 2018 – Feb 2019
‘Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2014’ – National Portrait Gallery, London, Nov 2014 – Feb 2015
‘Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2013’ – Second Prize Winner – National Portrait Gallery, London, Nov 2013 – Feb 2014
‘Juxtaposition’ – SeeStudio Gallery – London, 2 Aug – 1 Sept 2012
‘Simon Foxton retrospective – ‘When You’re a Boy’ – The Photographers Gallery, London, 2009
National Portrait Gallery, London
Imperial War Museum, London
The New York Times Magazine
Guardian Weekend Magazine
FT Weekend Magazine
Independent On Sunday Magazine