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Polly Alderton
Polly Alderton

Setanta Emerging Artists Series 9: Polly Alderton

Setanta Emerging Artists Series 9: Polly AldertonSetanta Emerging Artists Series
9: Polly Alderton
Polly Alderton
Setanta Books


Edition of 350
48 pages
210 x 160 mm
ISBN Not Available


This book is the ninth in an ongoing bi-monthly series publishing the work of emerging photographers.

‘I make work around the family album. A compulsion really, to document everything in between the front doorstep pictures on the first day of school and Christmas eve outside the church. It’s searching; endlessly enveloping our bodies into small gaps, under blankets, within bodies, muffling the sounds to gain clarity and find our way. Memory and sensation, when did I stop hanging upside down or pushing the fingers deep into small holes to create big rips? I am hoarding too, giant vats of memories more reliable than my own; maybe? I’ll hunt each image for clues one day, I know it. There’s always been a piece missing.’ – Polly Alderton

About the Artist
Polly Alderton is a British photographer. Her work is largely portrait based and is centred around The Family Album under the premise of, ‘Show Don’t Tell.’ She is interested in examining class in the UK, her position within the system having been low born herself. She studied Fine Art at the Byam Shaw School of Art and Central St. Martins. She has been published in The Sunday Times, The Observer, Invisible Britain: Portraits of Hope and Resilience, Portrait of Britain vol.1 & vol..3. ID magazine, British Journal of Photography and Sudetenduetsche Zeitung. She produced a short film for VSCO. In 2019 she was awarded the Firstsite Project Bursary to build on her independent project, Burning House. She works as a stills photographer with the BBC, notably photographing David Attenborough in Climate Change: The Facts. Mary Beard, and working with Martin Parr on a series of idents for BBC One.

About the Publisher
Setanta Books is a photography publisher based in London. Apart from publishing our own titles we sell contemporary and rare/collectable/out of print Photobooks as well as limited edition signed prints.