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Sophie visits neglected corners of cities and landscapes to find the unfamiliar in the mundane and the charisma in its decay. She seeks to extract an accidental beauty out of parts of the city usually ignored: structures and materials that typically blend into the background are reframed as the subject. The unexceptional, the functional, and the infrastructural are treated as personalities. Sophie re-appropriates the detritus of a city in hyper-real still-lifes. Objects that have been abandoned as useless are artfully composed and saturated with colour until they gain an unexpected significance. Individuality is found where it is least supposed to be – in the margins and epilogues of the endless urban narrative. Sophie's gaze is unsentimental and detached – but not without empathy. Its images work together to form secret histories, and perhaps thus secret futures, out of the overlooked and the discarded. The subjects of these photographs are given a collective meaning when they are placed in sequence – almost like a private city is being rebuilt out of what the city has rejected. 

J. Lyon

Selected Publications

GROUND Magazine - Hunger Magazine - White Lies Germany - Roulade Magazine - The Daily Telegraph - Noisey Netherlands - Exberliner Magazine - ERRR Magazine - The Commission Magazine - Femmeuary - The 405 Indie Berlin - About Time Magazine - Paint By Number Magazine - The British Journal of Photography - Hereyouare - The Chop - Rolling Stone Italia - Lola Magazine - A42D - - AQNB - We Make $$$ney Not Art




Guttural Living, Ebor Studio, Littleborough (supporting documentation for residency by Kerri Jefferis and Sophie Chapman)

Touch Me - Being a Citizen in The Digital Age Strasbourg Bienalle (Film installation


Kickass (Wo)men Alte Münze, Berlin

FU Review LOOPS Ex-Girlfriend Gallery, Berlin

A Commentary on Productivity, BMHW, Berlin

On a Wing and a Prayer, No.1 Harbourside Gallery, Bristol

The Whole Is Other (Than The Sum of Its Parts) , ONCA Gallery, Brighton

Showboat, The Steamship Project Space, London

The Museum of Lies, FKK Galerie, Berlin

The Palace Meets Berlin Exhibition + Fasching Feast, Am Flutgraben, Berlin

Still There, ONCA Gallery, Brighton

2015 - 2017

Puderpink, Puderraum Galerie, Berlin (co-curator)

The Blind Curator, FKK Galerie, Berlin

The Peace Process, The Peace Process, Berlin

Roulade Magazine Launch, Husk London