BEN MURPHY


My current work concerns the representation of neo-nomadic international countercultural identity  in south east Spain. The work explores how rejectionist beliefs and ideals are expressed through impermanent makeshift architecture and looks at how these temporary habitations relate to the landscape. Some of this work was exhibited in the V&A museum photography gallery for the year 2008/9 and is held in their permanent collection. As well as being shortlisted for the Sovereign European Art Prize 2008 and exhibited at the Courtauld Gallery,London and Steiglitz19, Antwerp, it was featured in the photography journal “Portfolio” with an accompanying essay by the philosopher Nigel Warburton. This work is the starting point for my doctoral research being undertaken at Royal Holloway, University of London.


My first monograph “The U.N. Building”, published in 2005 by Thames and Hudson, is a reflection on the depopulated interior spaces within the United Nations Building in New York. Within the context of this iconic building I was interested in questioning the ways in which our perception of internal space changes over time through external forces. Despite the building remaining largely unaltered, and as such is a reflection on post war optimistic utopian ideologies, the political, physical and geographic landscape outside has changed dramatically. 


In 2010 I won an award from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago, USA to make a series about the dwelling spaces of homeless people in America. This work resulted in a solo show titled "Homes of the American Dispossessed" at the Architectural Association Gallery, London 2012. A collection of my portraits is in the National Portrait Gallery,London. 

I am currently under commission from National Grid to photogaph the UKs Gasholders for a national archive. I work regularly on commissions for product designers as well as for magazines such as Nowness.com, Wallpaper, The Telegraph magazine and Vogue Italia. I live in London and work all over the world.


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