The work in this exhibition features Venice – its drama, theatricality and trompe l’oeil. In these landscapes there are few people, only buildings and cityscape, though there are traces and hints of human occupation. John Phillips’s meticulously detailed photographs were constructed from digitally manipulated multiple frames.
Central to Phillip’s work is his idea that photography is a means of preserving and picturing memory, drama and time. This interest in the set in which drama occurs provides a defining principle for his ongoing series, including panoramic cityscapes (Picturing Harrow Road 2009, and Beneath a London Sky / Sotto un Cielo a Londra 2011), and his architectural photography including Paterei (2012). Phillips consciously explores the creative potential of surveillance technology in his work.
London based artist, printmaker and photographer. John admires the work of artist photographers Hiroshi Sugimoto and Robert Polidori. Like those artists, his expressive photographs show the patterns, traces and textures of landscapes and human habitat – and sometimes neglected or estranged institutions and cityscapes. Other series undertaken by John Phillips include portraits of Flamboyan carnival band. John is the director of London Print Studio