Zed Nelson is an internationally acclaimed documentary photographer who divides his time between editorial assignments and long-term personal projects.
His work has been exhibited and published in magazines worldwide and received numerous awards, including First Prize in World Press Photo Competition, the Visa d’Or (France) and the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award (USA).
Nelson has published three monograph photography books; “Gun Nation”, “Love Me” and “A Portrait of Hackney”.
Nelson’s seminal first book, ‘Gun Nation’ – a disturbing reflection on America’s deadly love affair with the gun – was awarded five major photography prizes, published in 12 countries and exhibited internationally.
Nelson’s second book, ‘Love Me’, reflects on the cultural and commercial forces that drive a global obsession with youth and beauty. The project – including photography in 18 countries – was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.
Nelson’s third book, ‘A Portrait of Hackney’ (2014), is a reflection on the area of London that Nelson grew up in, observed at a time of rapid change and gentrification. The book is currently in its third edition.
Inspired by ‘A Portrait of Hackney’, Nelson went on to make a critically acclaimed feature-length documentary film ‘The Street’ (2019), focusing on one East London street over a four-year period.
Nelson has had solo shows in London, New York, Stockholm, Barcelona and London, with work included in UK group exhibitions at Tate Britain, the National Portrait Gallery and the V&A museum.