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James Morris


James Morris is a British photographer of landscape and the built environment.   Known earlier in his career mainly for his architectural photographs, over the last decade he has looked more broadly at landscape issues from urbanism to human conflict and settlement.  His work documents the impact of man’s intervention in the landscape and the  layers of history evident there.  In 2003 he published  Butabu (Princeton Architectural Press), which records the threatened and vulnerable landscape of West African vernacular architecture.  Seven years after returning to live in the country of his birth he published A Landscape of Wales (Dewi Lewis Publishing 2010) which has been described as both a love letter and deeply melancholic.   His practice incorporates both self initiated and commissioned work – over the years he has illustrated many books and magazine features.  He exhibits internationally and has received awards from the Design and Art Directors Guild, the Graham Foundation for Fine Arts, the European Union, the Arts Council of Wales, and the Welsh Books Council. His work is held in numerous collections including the British Council; Museum of African Art NY; Princeton University; Victoria and Albert Museum; Aga Khan Foundation; National Library of Wales: and the Welsh Assembly Government.


  • 1963
  • Born Griffithstown, Wales
  • 1982-5
  • Studied Medieval and Modern History, University College London

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2013
  • Time and Remains
  • Aberystwyth Arts Centre
  • 2013
  • I See Europe
  • Gallery Kunstbezirk, Stuttgart (group)
  • 2011
  • A Landscape of Wales
  • Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno
  • 2011
  • A Landscape of Wales
  • Turner House Gallery / Ffotogallery, Penarth
  • 2011
  • A Landscape of Wales
  • Futures Gallery, Pierhead, Cardiff
  • 2010
  • A Landscape of Wales
  • Aberyswyth Arts Centre
  • 2010
  • Gardens
  • Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire (group)
  • 2009
  • Gardens
  • Christies Great Hall (group)
  • 2009
  • Wall
  • Freshfields Gallery, London
  • 2009
  • Butabu
  • Baobab Gallery, Rochester, New York
  • 2009
  • Butabu
  • Rhyl Gallery, North Wales
  • 2008
  • Butabu
  • Queen’s Library, Queens, New York
  • 2008
  • Butabu
  • Sonoma Valley Art Gallery
  • 2007
  • Butabu
  • Waterhall, Birmingham Museum and Art gallery
  • 2007
  • Butabu
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • 2006
  • Butabu
  • Royal Geographical Society, London
  • 2006
  • Butabu
  • Perspectives Gallery, Virginia
  • 2005
  • Lasting Foundations
  • Museum of African Art, New York (group)
  • 2005
  • Butabu
  • Gallery of Photography, Dublin
  • 2005
  • Butabu
  • Bray Arts Centre, Ireland
  • 2005
  • Butabu
  • Aberystwyth Arts Centre
  • 2004
  • African Photography
  • Sheldon Art Gallery, St Louis (group)
  • 2004
  • Abstracted Landscapes
  • Opus 17 Gallery, Aberystwyth
  • 2003
  • Z15
  • Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London (group)
  • 2003
  • Butabu
  • Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London
  • 2003
  • Butabu
  • Brunai Gallery, London
  • 2002
  • Mud
  • Zelda Cheatle [email protected] gallery, London
  • 2002
  • Architecture - 3 ways
  • Robert Philips Gallery, London (group)

Monographs

  • 2010
  • A Landscape of Wales
  • Dewi Lewis Publishing
  • 2004
  • Butabu
  • Electa Publishing (Italian Edition)
  • 2003
  • Butabu
  • Princeton Architectural Press

Permanent Collections

  • Aga Khan Trust for Culture
  • British Council
  • Museum of African Art - New York
  • National Library of Wales
  • Princeton University
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Private and corporate collections

Grants and Awards

  • 2011
  • Welsh Arts Council production award
  • 2010
  • Graham Foundation for Advanced studies in the Fine Arts (Chicago)
  • 2009
  • Welsh Books Council
  • 2006
  • Welsh Arts Council production award
  • 2005
  • Inter-regional EU grant, European Union
  • 2002
  • Graham Foundation for Advanced studies in the Fine Arts (Chicago)
  • 2001
  • D&AD (London) Silver award for most outstanding photography in Design

Articles, Media and Public Lectures

  • 2012
  • Aberystwyth International photography festival / artists talk
  • 2011
  • Guardian newspaper
  • 2011
  • Mostyn Gallery / artists talk
  • 2011
  • Creative Review / feature
  • 2011
  • S4C television / two programmes
  • 2011
  • Western Mail / two features
  • 2011
  • BBC / radio interview
  • 2010
  • The Daily Telegraph / review
  • 2010
  • Source magazine / review
  • 2010
  • New Welsh Review / feature
  • 2010
  • Western Mail / review
  • 2009
  • The Daily Telegraph / review
  • 2007
  • LA Times / review / article
  • 2007
  • Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery / artists talk
  • 2005
  • The View RTE 1, Ireland / television review
  • 2005
  • Gallery of Photography, Dublin / artists talk
  • 2005
  • Aberystwyth Arts Festival / lecture / artists talk
  • 2005
  • Dartington Literary Festival / lecture / artists talk
  • 2004
  • BBC world service / radio interview
  • 2004
  • Architectural Review / review / article
  • 2004
  • Nigerian Guardian / article
  • 2003
  • World of Interiors / review/ article
  • 2003
  • Hot shoe international / review / article
  • 2003
  • The Times / review / article
  • 2003
  • The Guardian / review / article
  • 2003
  • BBC World service / radio interview
  • 1997
  • Portfolio Magazine -The catalogue of contemporary photography in Britain / feature No.26

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