ALEXANDRA LETHBRIDGE

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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.

 

INSPIRATION

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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.

 

VISION

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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.

 

PAST PROJECTS

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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.

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

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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.

 

FUTURE PROJECTS

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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 presentation.
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.

 

AWARDS

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2018 || Selected: Singapore International Photography Festival
2018 || Winner, Voies Off Awards, Arles, France
2017 || Finalist, ING Unseen Talent Award
2017 || Arles Photo Review Awards Special mention
2017 || Winner Flash Forward Magenta Foundation
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

PRESS
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PRESS

06/2015 FLASH FORWARD: THE RISING STARS OF BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHY

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.


07/2015 ALEXANDRA LETHBRIDGE: THE METEORITE HUNTER

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. ...


07/2016 HUNTING FOR THE INVISIBLE - INTERVIEW WITH ALEXANDRA LETHBRIDGE

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.” ....


07/2015 ALEXANDRA LETHBRIDGE - OTHER WAYS OF KNOWING

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,


27/09/2017 ALEXANDRA LETHBRIDGE - OTHER WAYS OF KNOWING - ESSAY BY LISA STEIN

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’, ...


29/12/2017 THE SCALE OF THE UNKNOWN: AN INTERVIEW WITH ALEXANDRA LETHBRIDGE

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) ...


 

CURRICULUM VITAE

Born in Hong Kong, 1987.

 

EDUCATION

2013 – 2014 || MA in Photography at the University of Brighton (Distinction)

2010 – 2011 || International Center of Photography, One-Year Certificate Program, NY

2006 – 2009 || First Class Honours Bachelor of Art Degree in Graphic Arts, UK

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 || The Meteorite Hunter, Christie's Auction House, London, UK

2016 || The Meteorite Hunter, Cork Photo Festival, Blackrock Castle, UK

  

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 || 1 Godley VC House, Griffin Gallery, The Meteorite Hunter, London

2018 || A Voice of a Generation, Other Ways of Knowing, The Quin Hotel, New York

2017 || Emerging Talents Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Other Ways of Knowing, 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

 

COLLECTIONS

The Meteorite Hunter - Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Meteorite Hunter - The Library Project, Photo Ireland

The Meteorite Hunter -Miniclick Mobile Library

 

ARTIST TALKS

 

2018 || Lecturer, University of Portsmouth

2017 || Guest Lecturer, Canterbury Christ Church University

2017 || Guest Lecturer, Winchester School of Art

2017 || Guest Lecturer, University of Southampton

2017 || Guest Lecturer, University of Portsmouth

2017 || Guest Lecturer, University of Bournemouth

2017 || Photographers’ Gallery, Folio Friday

2016 || Brighton Photo Fringe Artist Talk, DMWA annoucement

2016 || In Conversation with Francesca Pinto, Christie’s Auction House, London

2015 || Guest Lecturer, Winchester School of Art

2015 || Soapbox talk, Miniclick, UK

2015 || Fresh Faced + Wild Eyed, The Photographers Gallery, London

2015 || Panel discussion at Fotografia Europea Festival, Reggio Emilia, Italy

2015 || Miniclick Guest Speaker, Pecha Kucha, UK

2014 || Mythopoesis panel discussion with Fergus Heron, One Eyed Jacks, UK

2014 || Miniclick Guest Speaker, Sketchbooks, UK

 

SELECTED REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS

GUP Magazine, Print, November 2017

1000 Words Magazine - Online, October, 2017

Phases Magazine - Online, April 2017

Foam Magazine - Online, March 2017

Yet Magazine, - Online,February 2017

Hotshoe - Online Interview, August 2015

The Guardian - Online, June 2015

Source, Issue 82, Print, Spring 2015

Der Grief, Print, May 2015

SPBH - Online, April, 2015

Float Magazine - Online, February, 2015

Pik Magazine Issue #08, Showcase, January, 2015

Darwin Magazine, Review, Online, January 2015

TMTM Blog, Interview with Gemma Padley, Online, January 2015

Miniclick Showcase - Online, Decemeber 2014

GUP Magazine, Showcase, Online, December 2014

Introdex Magazine, Showcase, Online, December 2014

Read That Image, Interview, Online, December 2014

Format Editions, Showcase, Online, November 2014

Silverlake Voice, Interview, Online, November 2014

Brighton Photo Fringe, Showcase, Online, November 2014

Photoworks Magazine, Showcase, Online, October 2014

Conveyor Arts Magazine, Interview, Online, November 2011

Aperture Magazine, Showcase, Print, November, 2011

Conveyor Art’s Mapping Issue, Print, November 2011