Since the late 90’s, Seamus Nicolson’s photographic work has been concerned with the representation of the everyday, celebrating the over-looked and ignored in London’s urban environment. His images are based on observations of his milieu and initially bare a superficial resemblance to documentary photography. However, they are carefully staged tableaux in which characters, who represent archetypes drawn from London’s multi-cultural community, are seemingly caught unawares in transitory moments. These large scale analogue prints are presented in a manner that carries echoes of old master painting.
Born in London in 1971, Seamus Nicolson graduated from the Royal College of Art MA Photography course in 1996. The following year he was selected for the survey show of recent graduates, the New Contemporaries at the Camden Art Centre. Since then he has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally and has work in private and public collections such as the Tate, the Government Art Collection and the Arts Council. Nicolson has also worked commercially shooting editorial portraits and fashion, most notably two advertising campaigns for Vivienne Westwood. Nicolson is now based in Frome, Somerset and is now producing a new body of work concerned with landscape and pyschological space.