London based Zed Nelson is an internationally renowned photographer whose work has been published and exhibited in the UK and worldwide.
Having gained recognition as a documentary photographer working in some of the most troubled areas of the world, more recently Nelson has turned his focus on Western society, adopting an increasingly conceptual approach to contemporary social issues.
Gun Nation - Nelson's seminal first book - is a disturbing reflection on America’s deadly love affair with the gun. One of his most important projects to date, Gun Nation has been awarded five major international photography prizes, published worldwide, and is regarded by many as the definitive body of work on the subject.
Love Me - Nelson’s recently published second book - reflects on the cultural and commercial forces that drive a global obsession with youth and beauty. The project explores how a new form of globalization is taking place, where an increasingly narrow Western beauty ideal is being exported around the world like a crude universal brand. The project spans five years, and involved photography in 17 countries across five continents. Love Me was recently short-listed for the Leica European Publishers Award for Photography.
Previous awards include the Visa d’Or, France; First Prize in World Press Photo Competition; and the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award, USA.
Nelson’s work has been exhibited at Tate Britain, the ICA and the National Portrait Gallery, and is in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum. Solo shows include the Newseum, New York; Kulturhuset, Stockholm; Westzone Gallery, London, and the International Biennial of Photography, Turin.