Alex Boyd (photographer)

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Alex Boyd
Photographer Alex Boyd.jpg
Born 1984
Celle, Germany
Nationality British
Occupation Photographer
Website
http://www.alexboyd.co.uk/

Alexander Boyd FRSA (born 15 July 1984 in Celle, Germany) is an award winning Scottish photographer based in the West Coast of Scotland.

Life and work[edit]

Boyd is best known for his conceptual and figurative landscape photography, most notably his series "Sonnets".[1] The "Sonnets" series has been highly commended by Harry Benson,[2] Scotland's best known living photographer, and is based on the Rückenfigur (literally "back figure") paintings of German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich.[3] The series attempts to explore issues of Scottish national identity and its depiction in Scottish art. The series takes its name from a collection of poems by Scottish Makar (Poet Laureate) Edwin Morgan, and who later contributed to the project.[4] American pianist Mike Garson paid tribute to the series in 2011 with an EP directly inspired by Boyd's work.[5]

Sonnets made headlines in 2008 when Boyd had several of his works projected 84 metres high onto Europe's largest building, the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest,[6] and covered the entire University Square as part of the "White Night in Bucharest" Festival.[7]

In 2009 Boyd was included in a group show with Thomas Joshua Cooper and also participated in Anthony Gormley's One and Other project in a collaboration with Edwin Morgan,[8] and in September was shortlisted for European Photographer of the year in the EU Imagine competition, with his work going on to be exhibited in the European Parliament in Brussels.[9]

In March 2010 Boyd's work was featured in a solo exhibition at the Scottish Parliament Building, where it was celebrated in a Parliamentary motion.[10] A specially curated exhibition of the "Sonnets" series alongside the work of one of Boyd's key influences Bill Brandt[3] took place in March 2009 at the H.A.C in Scotland.

Currently he is working on a new series called 'Lowlands', and is experimenting with the wet plate collodion process.[11] Boyd is also currently a member of Accademia Apulia.[12] In the January 2012 edition of Vogue Magazine he was named as one of their 'Hot Shot' photographers.

Film and television[edit]

In 2011 as part of the Glasgow Film Festival a short film 'Sonnets' about Boyd's work was shown at the GFT, featuring an introduction by veteran Scottish actor Bill Paterson. Boyd also appears in a new BBC series about Victorian photographer Francis Frith alongside presenter John Sergeant, explaining and demonstrating the Collodion process.[13]

Awards[edit]

  • 2010 The Dewar Award
  • 2010 Arts Trust for Scotland Award

Exhibition history[edit]

Solo exhibitions

  • 2010 'Sonnets from Scotland', The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh[10]
  • 2009 ‘North’, The Tron Theatre, Glasgow
  • 2008 ‘Sonnets from Scotland’, The Arches, Glasgow, Scotland
  • 2008 ‘Sonnets from Scotland’, Offshore Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
  • 2007 'A Man Without A Country’, Fulham Palace, London
  • 2006 ‘Into Silence’, The 13th Note, Glasgow, Scotland
  • 2006 ‘Into Silence’, Venue, Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, Scotland
  • 2006 ‘Tide Reflects Sky’, Cunningham House, Ayrshire, Scotland

Group exhibitions

  • 2011 Accademia Apulia Awards Royal Horseguards, London
  • 2011 The Leith Festival (curated by Alastair Cook), Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh
  • 2010 TULCA Arts Festival, Galway Ireland
  • 2009 Imagine 2009 EU Photography Awards – European Parliament Building, Brussels
  • 2009 Imagine 2009 EU Photography Awards – Swedish Parliament, Stockholm
  • 2009 Scottish Photographers – Lillie Gallery, Glasgow
  • 2008 W.A.A.P.N – NY Photo Festival, New York, USA
  • 2008 Digital Fringe Festival – Melbourne, Australia
  • 2008 W.A.A.P.N – Musée de l'Élysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2008 W.A.A.P.N – Gallery 013, Tilburg, The Netherlands
  • 2007 Retro Future, Fulham Palace, London
  • 2007 ‘Breakthrough’ San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, USA

Footnotes and references[edit]

  1. ^ [1], The Arches – "Sonnets From Scotland". Retrieved on 11 September 2008.
  2. ^ Evening Times,The,(6 September 2008). Article by Russell Leadbetter.
  3. ^ a b Scottish Photographers Magazine (Autumn 2008). "Alex Boyd: Sonnets from Scotland pg.22".
  4. ^ [2], Edwin Morgan Official Site – Alex Boyd & "Sonnets from Scotland". Retrieved on 26 September 2008.
  5. ^ [3], Mike Garson - the Sonnets.
  6. ^ [4], The BBC- Art 'covers' Romanian Parliament. Retrieved on 26 September 2008.
  7. ^ Irvine Times, The (17 August 2008). "Display on Europe's largest building".
  8. ^ [5], Scottish Poetry Library – Alex Boyd & Edwin Morgan
  9. ^ [6], EU Imagine 2009 Photography Competition
  10. ^ a b [7], Scottish Parliament congratulates Alex Boyd
  11. ^ [8], Alex Boyd - Visual Art Directory Scotland
  12. ^ [9], Alex Boyd - Accademia Apulia Members Page
  13. ^ [10], British Photo History – Alex Boyd on location

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