Artist Statement

Steven Barritt is an artist and photographer based in London who’s work has been shown in The National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers Gallery, The Moscow Museum of Modern Art, as well as selected group shows and solo exhibitions. His work encompasses portraiture, landscape and constructed narrative, exploring recurring themes of human relationships with the environment and relationships with each other.

His work shows a constant questioning of the reality of the photograph as it presents itself on the surface - photography is capable of representing the physical world with such veracity yet it reveals only an interpreted reality. This is exemplified in his constant attraction to man-made or altered landscapes and the manipulation of our environment, the manipulation of a sitter to extract a portrait that both reveals yet obscures meaning, or constructing entire alternate realities and personas exploring the darker reality of the human condition. He works almost exclusively with traditional analogue photographic techniques to produce his work, finding an irony in the perceived purity of meaning of analogue processes that seeming preclude the use of manipulation.

Selected Exhibitions

Feb 2013 "The Bigger Picture" - Group Show.
- The Underground Gallery, London
Aug 2012 "The World In London" - Group Show.
- Victoria Park & Park House, London
Jul 2012 "Underground Birthday Show" - Group Show.
- The Underground Gallery, London
Feb 2012 "Dust and Scratches" - Group Show.
- Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow
Jan 2012 "MDX MA Showcase" - Group Show.
- The Underground Gallery, London
Sep 2011 "Human/ Nature" - Solo Show.
- Ketchum Pleon - London
Nov 2010 Taylor-Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010
- The National Portrait Gallery, London
May 2010 Fresh Faced And Wild Eyed 2010
- The Photographers Gallery, London
May 2010 AOP Student Awards 2010
- Association Of Photographers, London
Mar 2010 Sunday Times Style : Greatest Fashion Show On Earth
- Westfield Shopping Centre, London
Feb 2010 On|Off Fashion week
- Victoria House, London
Nov 2009 Taylor-Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2009
- National Portrait Gallery, London
Aug 2009 New Talent Student Showcase
- Abbott Mead Vickers, London
Jul 2009 D&AD New Blood, London
- Kensington Olympia, London
Jun 2009 RapidEye Interns Show, London
- Studio D201, London
Jun 2009 FreeRange, Graduate Show
- Old Truman Brewery, London