Approved: 15.02.2019

Alex Ekins


Approved: 15.02.2019

My work is predominately about people. I explore humans and how different cultures respond to each other.

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Artist Statement

My work is predominately about people. I explore humans and how different cultures respond to each other.

My career began as a photographer and photojournalist with work published in The Guardian, The Independent, The Economist, The Financial Times, Le Monde and National Geographic.

More recently my practise evolved away from traditional photojournalism into the realms of urban art.

My projects have taken the techniques of photojournalism and transferred the results into an urban environment as street art. Members of the public become confronted with life-size photographs of people from very different backgrounds and cultures.

I initially travelled to Everest base camp and photographed Sherpas using an outdoor studio. These photographs were then pasted on the streets of Sheffield. I used the same techniques with Hindu Sadhus, ascetics who live itinerantly in caves, forests and temples. I have visited Nepal three times to photograph the Sadhu and have pasted them up the UKs streets. My third project involved photographing wildlife park rangers in Tanzania.

Specifically, my work seeks to engage and challenge the public to confront their understanding of ‘the other’, within racial, gender, cultural or other parameters.

My ambition is to begin my next phase which is to use the techniques above to photograph refugees at their European ports of entry. The resulting images will accompany text concerning the stories of the refugees imbedded into the images to pasted.

CV & Education


2020 The Island Residency, Sheffield

2019 Africa - Group Show, Art Number 23, London 

Making Masterpieces in Sheffield and Venice - Mural collaboration with the Big Draw and the Guild of St George

On the Surface of Things - Group show, Access Space, Sheffield 

Over The Influence- Group show, Sidney and Matilda, Sheffield

E-Werk Residency, Luckenwalde, Berlin

2018 The Art of Protest Youth Workshop, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield

Alpkit Digital and Smartphone Photography Workshop

2017 Sadhu 17 – Solo Exhibition, Kelham Studios, Sheffield

Up There - Group show, APG, Sheffield

Alpkit Digital and Smartphone Photography Workshop

2016 Island – Group show, 92 Burton Street, Sheffield

Alpkit Adventure Photography Workshop

2015 In Circulation – Group show, APG, Sheffield

Grit – Group Show, Gage, Sheffield

Alpkit Adventure Photography Workshop

2014 Sherpas of Sheffield – Solo Exhibition, Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 

High Above Wide Lands - Group Show, Hagglers Corner

2013 Everest Base Camp Residency, Nepal

Wideboyz – Group Show, Sheffield Adventure Film Festival

National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Photojournalism Sheffield College

Kendal Mountain Film Festival Photography Award finalist 2011
Press Gazette Student Photographer of the Year finalist 2007

Workshops Delivery and Facilitation
Art of Protest, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield 2018
Photography workshops,  Alpkit Foundation, Peak District 2011-2018
Photography workshop, Persistence Works, Sheffield 2015
Photography workshop, BAIML, Lake District 2010