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Robin Maddock

I have personal approach to documentary photography, subjective, opinionated projects about things/places/times that i feel are both important and exciting to work with.  Through photographing the people, scenarios, built environments  and  their objects, i am trying to show something of the collective states of minds of people that inhabit these places.

My first two photography books were about aspects of England. Published in 2009;  ‘Our kids Are Going to Hell’ is a portrait of the social interactions of youth and the police in Hackney, London. This work was nominated for the Deutsche Börse photography prize and was runner up at Photo Espania’s ‘Descubrimientos’ portfolio prize. Also that year he was selected to make the prestigious Victoria and Albert museum annual review which was a 6 month commission.

My second title, ‘God Forgotten Face’ in 2011 continued his work on aspects of everyday English society in theSouth Western town of Plymouth. This work was selected by Martin Parr as his choice in the Smithsonian magazine’s edition “The new stars of photography” in February 2012.

Both titles are also published by Trolley Books and are included in the ‘The Photobook: A History: Volume 3’, edited by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger.

More recently 2014 has seen my third book entitled ‘III’ published. It is a more playful black and white look at the streets of America. It has been featured in the New York Times 6th floor blog, Time Magazine Lightbox and the Financial Times amongst others. 'III' was short listed at PHESP as one of the books of 2014. It was also selected byJason Fulford for Time Magazine online, as his pick of the year.

Other Recent shows in the past years include Copenhagen City Museum, Photodocs in Munich, 'Sine ur Eye' at T.J Boulting, London, the Forum für Fotografie in Cologne, Maco art fair in Mexico, the UNSEEN contemporary photo fair with the Robert Morat gallery. My new England project was shown at the 2018 Brighton Photo festival. 

 my third book on England is published  in 2021, entitled 'Heavens below England ',  i've been working on it since 2016

There are  several other projects in play at any time, the principal continued themes will be history, inequality and the environment, namely our continued destruction of nature.   

I have a BA in Archaeology as well as an MA in photography from Westminster University

i currently live in the south of France, committing myself to having an actual home, for the first time in my life, cycling  and environmental activism. 

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Books Published

’OurKids are going to Hell’                                               Trolley2009

’Copenhagen – City of Bicycles’ /with C.Vanman.   New Nordic  2010

’GodForgotten Face’                                                          Trolley  2011

“III’                                                                                        Trolley  2014


CopenhagenCity museum.    Copenhagen-2010

Fotodocsfestival.                            Munich-2012

Forumfur Fotografie.                     Cologne-2013

PlymouthGuildhall.                                 UK-2014

Honore-’ObjectMort’                           Paris-2014

UNSEENart fair                        Amsterdam-2014

MACOart fair                                    Mexico-2015

‘Shineur Eye’, T.J.Boulting              London-2015

UNSEENRobert Morat gallery  Amsterdam-2015

Selected Editorialfeatures

Timelight box


TheSunday Times

TheNew York Times lens blog

Britishjournal of photography



I’Oleilde la photography


Americanhistory x


Other achievements

 -Photographerof the V&A Museum Annual Review 2008

-2ndplace at Photo-Espana portfolio prize, 2008 and 2009

-Nomination for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2009and 2010

-Participation in the ‘Seechange’ groupproject-  Czech Youth in 2012

-2books included in Parr and Badgers’ ‘History of the photobook III 2014                                             


B.A. Archaeology.University of Wales

M.A. Photographic studies .University of Westminster.