Giles Price’s photographic projects focus on the exploration of landscape and portraiture, often conceptualised in relation to one another and shot in series. 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.
While not immediately discernible by location, conventional landmark, or event taking place, the sites of his investigation are strategically chosen because of what it is that is happening within the maze like patterns we view from above. Often monumental, these might be 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. When coupled with sensitive portraits which alter and inform our reading of the subject and Price’s own intentions, his preoccupation becomes a questioning of what photography otherwise proposes is taken for granted or assumed – about a face, an affiliation, a place, an event or a social action.
Price’s interest in photography began while on military service. He joined the Royal Marine Commandos in 1990, aged sixteen, 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 collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London. In 2013 he was awarded second prize in the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. He was also included in the 2014 Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Price’s is often commissioned to produce photo stories and portraits editorially, including for the New York Times and Telegraph magazines. His work was included in William A. Ewing’s acclaimed survey of twenty-first century landscape photography Landmark: The fields of landscape photography (Thames & Hudson, 2014).
‘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
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