Nicholas Sinclair

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Nicholas Sinclair (born 1954) is a British portrait[1][2] and landscape photographer. His work has been published in a number of books of his own, exhibited eight times at the National Portrait Gallery in London,[3] and is held in the permanent collections there[3] and in the Victoria and Albert Museum,[4] London. In 2003 he was made a Hasselblad Master.[3]

Life and work[edit]

Sinclair was born in London. He studied fine art at Newcastle University.

His career as a photographer began in 1982 with a series of photographs taken in the circus[1] which were first exhibited in 1983 at the University of Sussex and subsequently published in the British Journal of Photography.[citation needed]

He is known principally as a portrait photographer, his subjects include Anthony Caro, Frank Auerbach, John Piper and Paula Rego.[1][2] He has edited two books about the Welsh artist Kyffin Williams and made portraits of him.[1]

Sinclair also makes landscape photographs – he has made two books on European cities and one on a lake.


Publications by Sinclair[edit]

  • The Chameleon Body. London: Lund Humphries, 1996. ISBN 0-85331-6961. With essays by David Alan Mellor and Anthony Shelton.
  • Franko B. London: Black Dog, 1998. ISBN 90103354. With essays by Stuart Morgan and Lois Keidan.
  • Portraits of Artists. London: Lund Humphries, 2000. ISBN 0-85331-799-2. With an essay by Ian Jeffrey, and a conversation between Sinclair and Robin Dance.
  • Crossing the Water. Brighton: Photoworks, 2002. ISBN 1-903796-02-4. With an essay by Professor David Alan Mellor and an afterword by Ian Jeffrey.
  • Berlin: Imagining the Tri Chord. London: Royal Academy of Arts, 2007. ISBN 978-1-905711-10-9. With an essay by David Chandler.
  • Five Cities. London: Royal Academy of Arts, 2010. ISBN 978-1-905711-57-4. With an essay by Nicky Hamlyn.

Publications edited by Sinclair[edit]



Selected solo exhibitions[edit]

Selected other exhibitions[edit]

His work has been exhibited eight times at the National Portrait Gallery, London[3]


Sinclair's work is held in the following permanent collections:


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