And what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversation?” (Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll)

Amanda Denny is a London based photographic artist and visual storyteller working with both analogue and digital image making processes. All of her practice now deals with the interplay of image, literature and archival documentary material in order to create new narratives. That ‘fickle friend’ memory, the imbrication of time and connections co-joined by chance circumstances tend to be at the start of her projects. Her practice explores issues of our mental spaces, including urban living, solitude versus loneliness, social stigmas and conflicted choice. She is also concerned with the pressures of achievement especially when ‘happiness’ becomes another tick box and something to judge by, it misses the point. She believes that stories can help you exist in the world and by producing narrative spaces you can respond to everyday life and the social environment. There is the story and then there is the meaning to be got from it through the gaps, juxtapositions and conversations.

The photo book and the development of photo-text are core to her practice as is creating tangible, tactile artwork that is designed to be viewed in person not on screen, and are not quick reads. Amanda’s work is held in private collections and she has been exhibited in group shows worldwide. She holds a BA (Hons) in Literature and History and graduated from the University of Westminster in 2019 with a BA (Hons) in Photography. She is currently part of the Modern Art Oxford “Activating our Archives: Community Dialogues group project responding to the COVID-19 lockdown and is participating in The Book as Frame online workshop at the ICP in New York to develop her understanding of the medium and its potentialities. 

Her new gently collaborative work in progress, started in the time of coronavirus is called Meanwhile and derives from multiple readings of  the Mary Oliver poem Wild Geese. ‘Whoever you are are, no matter how lonely, / the world offers itself to your imagination …'

Exhibitions include:

  • Short listed for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2020
  • Denton’s Art Prize Exhibition 2020, Denton’s Law Firm, London, (December 2019 – July 2020)
  • No Place Like Home photo book was on display at La Biblioteca Nacional de España during the PHotoESPAÑA Festival 2019
  • Exhibitor in the Time to Think Shutter Hub exhibition at Festival Pil’Ours, France 4th Edition. The exhibition runs from 1st July – 30 November 2019
  • Cold Cases, Brighton Fringe, The Old Police Cells, Brighton 29 September 2018
  • City to Sea Coney Island* 2018 Wall Ortiz Gallery, NY 13th September 2018 to 15th November 2018
  • Peckham 24 Photography Festival 2018 - featured in the slideshow projection of works at the Overhaul exhibition. Friday 18th May - Sunday 20th May, Safehouse 1, 139 Copeland Road, London, SE15 3SN.
  • Intrusion 2017 at Paddington Central, London
  • Crossrail's Street Hoardings Photography Display Dean Street W1 since 2011

Her Book No Place Like Home (2018) was shortlisted for the La Fabrica and Photo London Book Dummy Award 2019 and was nominated for the First Book Award 2018.

For more information on Amanda's work, get in touch.

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