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Found photographs, archival imagery and constructed images of her own making form the basis of Alexandra Lethbridge’s research-based practice. Drawing upon a range of references and source material, she combines scientific theories with fictional constructed images, bringing them together as a form of storytelling.
Approaching image making in a playful and experimental way, her practice deliberately mixes fact and fiction to create expanded views of the subject matter she explores. Her work aims to challenge our preconceptions and considers the parallels between our own surroundings and our imaginations.
Alexandra’s vision taps into something human and honest in the conception of the self and the relationship between human imagination and its physical surroundings.
Ambiguity in her imagery represents her quest to experience the unique or unusual, that which overshadows the familiar and the recognisable. Her series entitled ‘The Meteorite Hunter’, for example, focuses on finding the extraordinary in the everyday, where the meteorite becomes a metaphor for the fantastic hidden in the mundane. The work, presented as a collection of artefacts, presents a range of objects of which only one is an actual meteorite.
By combining factual and fictional works it encourages engagement and participation when the viewer becomes implicitly involved in the search for the meteorite. Following the journey of a fictitious hunter, the archive represents a search for origins and, revealing the otherwise overlooked, presents all objects as equal.
Alexandra’s work has been exhibited widely with her recent exhibitions including Cork Photo Festival, Ireland, Christie's Auction House, London, Circulations Festival,
Paris, Encontros de Imagem Festival, Portugal, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China and PhotoUKIndia, amongst others.
In 2014, she was shortlisted for the Paris Photo Aperture Foundation First PhotoBook Award for her first publication, The Meteorite Hunter and was awarded the Professional Choice winner of the Danny Wilson Memorial Award in association with Brighton Photo Fringe.
She was selected for Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed 2015, as well as being selected as a winner for Flash Forward Magenta Foundation 2015 and a finalist in the Renaissance Photography Prize 2015. She has also been shortlisted for The Anamorphosis Prize for The Meteorite Hunter, a publication that is now part of the MOMA's book collection. Most recently, she was the winner of the Denton’s Art Prize.
Her work ‘Other Ways of Knowing’ is an exploration into the theatrical illusion of magic and misdirection, as opposed to criminal hoax, deceit and trickery. The pairing of these concepts visually
aims to examine how our perceptions interpret and inform our understanding of information in different contexts.
There are eight methods: language, sense perception, emotion, reason, imagination, faith, intuition and memory.
Her series focuses on visual perception, adapting these methods by focusing on aesthetic judgement. The photographs play with our intuitive understanding of what we are seeing, asking us to judge for ourselves whether what we encounter is fact or fiction.
After experimenting with installation as part of Alexandra’s art form, she aims to continue this development of her practice, with the inclusion of sculpture and objects in its
Working to push the boundaries of how photography can be received and, in turn, how that affects our understanding of what we’re looking at, Alexandra aims to explore photography outside of its two-dimensional form and create a fully immersive presentation of works.
2017 || Finalist, ING Unseen Talent Award
2017 || Winner, Affinity Award, Format Festival
2017 || Finalist, Grand Prix Fotofestiwal
2017 || Winner: Dentons Art Prize
2016 || Shortlisted: RPS Photobook Award
2015 || Selected: The Anamorphosis Prize for The Meteorite Hunter
2015 || Winner: Moscow International Photo Awards
2015 || Winner: Circulations Festival Open Call
2015 || Shortlisted 30: Guernsey International Photography Competition
2015 || Finalist: Renaissance Photography Prize 2015, Getty Images
2015 || Selected: Fresh Faced & Wild Eyed, The Photographer Gallery
2015 || Winner: Flash Forward 2015, Magenta Foundation, UK
2015 || Nominated: Magnum Photo & PhotoLondon Graduate Photographers Award
2015 || Shortlisted: Barcelona International Photography Awards
2015 || Shortlisted: Athens Photo Festival, Greece
2015 || Winner: FORMAT International Festival 2015 Clifton Cameras Prize, UK
2014 || Shortlisted: Aperture Foundation Paris Photo First Photobook Award, Paris
2014 || Winner: Danny Wilson Memorial Professionals Choice Award, Brighton, UK
The Guardian, 16th June 2015
Lethbridge hunts for meteorites, exploring the places they come from and where they land, and documenting the artifacts she has accumulated in her search.
HotShoe, 21st July 2015
Cosmology has been a keen interest of civilisations past and present, a practice that extends to times before recorded history. The ancient man most probably looked up at the skies and asked probing questions about space and our origins, a theme that still captivates us today, and where answers have not been found we’ve often resorted to using our imagination. ...
LensCulture, 14th July 2016
We discovered the work of Alexandra Lethbridge at the excellent Circulation(s) Festival—a Paris-based showcase of emerging photographic talents from across Europe.
Managing editor Alexander Strecker sat down with Lethbridge during the opening week to find out more about her intriguing, enigmatic series, “The Meteorite Hunter.” ....
Phases Magazine, 12th April 2017
Other Ways of Knowing is an exploration into the theatrical illusion of magic and misdirection in comparison to ideas of criminal hoax, deceit and trickery. The pairing of these two concepts, visually aims to examine how our perceptions interpret and inform our understanding of information in different contexts through the employment of deceptive clues, false emphasis,
1000 Words, 27th September 2017
In his introduction to Downcast Eyes: The Denigration of Vision in Twentieth-Century French Thought, Martin Jay observes that ‘we are often fooled by visual experience that turns out to be illusory, an inclination generated perhaps by our overwhelming, habitual belief in its apparent reliability’. Distinguishing between ‘the “natural” and the “cultural” component in what we call vision’, ...
GUP, 29th December 2017
British photographer Alexandra Lethbridge (b. 1987) has magician’s tricks up her sleeve. In her first book The Meteorite Hunter (2014), she combined her photos of mundane rocks from gift stores with NASA images of actual meteorites, creating a visual confusion as to what’s what. She continued this photographic sleight of hand in her next two series, Other Ways of Knowing (2016) ...
2013 – 2014 || MA Photography, Distinction, University of Brighton, UK
2010 – 2011 || One-Year Certificate Program, International Center of Photography, NY
2006 – 2009 || BA Graphic Arts specialising in Photography, Winchester School of Art, UK
2016 || The Meteorite Hunter, Christie's Auction House, London, UK
2016 || The Meteorite Hunter, Cork Photo Festival, Blackrock Castle, UK
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 || Emerging Talents Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome
2017 || Unfold Festival, Other Ways of Knowing, UK
2017 || Unseen Festival, The Path of an Honest Man, Amsterdam
2017 || Fabrica, Inbetween Gallery, Other Ways of Knowing, UK
2017 || Grand Prix Fotofestiwal, Other Ways of Knowing, Poland
2016 || The Meteorite Hunter, Jimei Arles International Photo Festival
2016 || Red Herrings, Brighton Photo Fringe, UK
2016 || The Meteorite Hunter, Brighton Photo Fringe, UK
2016 || Cork Photo Festival, The Meteorite Hunter, Ireland
2016 || Circulations Festival, The Meteorite Hunter, Paris
2015 || PHOTOUKINDIA, Origins, New Delhi, India.
2015 || Renaissance Photography Prize Group Show, Getty Images Gallery, London
2015 || Beyond the Camera, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China
2015 || Seeing is Believing, Encontros da Imagem, Group Show, Portugal
2015 || The Meteorite Hunter, Mt. Figure, Unseen Photo Fair & Festival, Amsterdam
2015 || Origins, PHOTOUKINDIA, Group Show, New Delhi, India
2015 || Fresh Faced + Wild Eyed, The Photographer’s Gallery, London
2015 || The Meteorite Hunter, Fotografia Europea Festival, Italy
2014 || The Meteorite Hunter, Kijk:papers, Kessel, Germany
2014 || The Meteorite Hunter, Photo Book Melbourne Festival
2014 || The Meteorite Hunter, IMA Gallery, Toyko, Japan