Curriculum Vitae


"Exceptionally good photographs... Just the kind of pictures I admire.”
Wolf Suschitzky, photographer, cinemaphotographer.


"Having an astute eye must be one of the prerequisites of a photographer's armoury but it's surprisingly rare. Alex's photographs however are riddled with that quality and also convey a sense of humour which is difficult to achieve at will.
His range of subjects speak of secret worlds of nooks and crannies and a wider and more public face where his subjects never fail to provide the quirks and nuances that he portrays so well."
Robin Bell, black and white printer.


"Alexander Brattell's photographs, like the barking of the dog in the darkness, draw our attention to what might be there, and alert us to the fact that what we see is simply what we see, not the totality of what exists."
Vasileios Kantas, photography theorist.


"Your work expands awareness to the things not usually seen, in ways not usually perceived."
Jackie Hayles.


“Alex Brattell’s photographs are like half-written stories, perfectly poised between a before and after, that ask the viewer to fill in the gaps. They were inspirational material for our poets to create poems with”
George Palmer, Apples & Snakes




Selected Solo Exhibitions

Saccades. Solaris, St Leonards On Sea. October 2017. A-Space Gallery, East Sussex College Hastings, November 2018.
The Sun Does Not Move. Conquest Hospital Hastings. Sept
- Nov 2012. Eastbourne District Hospital. Dec 2012 - Feb 2013.
Tulpa. Marina Post Office Tearooms. St. Leonards On Sea. October - November 2010. Part of On The Map / BPF2010.
The Edge Of England. McCarrons, St Leonards On Sea, East Sussex, November 2009.
Word On The Street. Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel. October 2004 - January 2005.
19Hz. The Spitz Bistro, London E1. October 2004.
Antinomy. The Rivington Gallery, London EC2. 2003. The Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion, 2003.
Lines of Desire. The Space, London. June - July 2003.
Spectacle. The Eye Company, London. 2002.
Last Minute. The Alex public house, Victoria Park London. 2002.
Recent Photographs. The Alex public house, London. 2002. Foyer exhibition, London. 2000.
Paul Mark Hatton Jewellery. London. 2000.
Portals and Spirits. The Clerks House, Shoreditch. 1999.
Freuds Cafe Gallery. London W1. 1992.
Brattell In Poland. Polish Social & Cultural Association Gallery, London W6. 1990


Selected Group Exhibitions

Premonitions. Zuzushii Art Laboratory Hastings, August 2020.
Hastings Open 2020. Hastings Museum & Art Gallery. August 2020-January 2021.
Functional/Dysfunctional. Zuzushii Art Laboratory Hastings, February-March 2020.
Self Comes To Mind. Electro Studios Project Space, September 2018. Part of Coastal Currents 2018.
Coastal Currents Arts Fair. Hastings UK, September 2018.
Sea Road. Electro Studios Project Space, September 2017. Part of PhotoHastings 2017, Coastal Currents 2017.
Blood Lake/Still Point/Dark Matter. St Mary in the Castle Hastings, November 2016. PhotoHastings 2016.
Beyond The Edge. South Downs Heritage Centre, East Sussex. October 2016. Brighton Photo Fringe 2016.
Summer Show 2016. Lucy Bell Fine Art, St Leonards On Sea. August 2016.
Chaostrophy. Ludwig, Berlin. June, July 2016.
Never Dark. The Observer Building Gallery, Hastings. November 2015. PhotoHastings 2015.
Pin-Ups: A Sense of Place. The Observer Building Gallery, Hastings. October 2015. PhotoHastings 2015.
Point Of Decay. Bottle Alley Hastings. Curated by Zeroh for Coastal Currents. September 2015.
Vantage Point: Collectives' Hub. October, November 2014. Brighton Photo Fringe 2014.
Virtuoso. St Mary In The Castle Hastings. October, November 2014. PhotoHastings 2014.
Underexposed. The Garage, St Leonards On Sea. October 2014. PhotoHastings 2014.
This One's For You. Lucy Bell Fine Art. December 2013.
Fenestration. Brighton Photo Fringe 2013. One Cafe, St Leonards On Sea. November 2013.
Interim Show. Photo hub group. Hastings Arts Forum. Brighton Photo Fringe 2013. October-November 2013.
Strarta Art Fair. Pure Art Space.Saatchi Gallery London, October 2013.
Conquest Hospital Hastings. September-November 2013.
Post A Postcard. Kave Gallery, St Leonards On Sea, August-September 2013
Transitions. Pure Art. April 2013.
Who Do You Think You Are? Lucy Bell Fine Art. March-April 2013.
Holiday Heaven/Holiday Hell. The Tent Gallery. January 2013.
Pop Up Flowers/Yuletide Show. The Kave Gallery St Leonards On Sea. December 2012-January 2013.
Brighton Photo Biennal 2012 Photobook Show. Jubilee Library Brighton. October-November 2012.
Off The Wall. Margate Harbour Arm Gallery. October 2012.
Telling Stories: Hastings. Hastings Museum & Art Gallery. September 2012-January 2013. Funded by Arts Council England.
Christmas Exhibition. Lucy Bell Fine Art
. December 2011.
Interim Projects Show. Photo hub group. Hastings Arts Forum. October 2011. Funded by Arts Council England.
Pushing Print Open 2011. The Pie Factory, Margate. October 2011.
Telling Stories: Margate.
Marine Studios Margate. Part of Pushing Print Fringe. October 2011. Funded by Arts Council England.
London Road.
One Cafe & Gallery, London Road St. Leonards On Sea. Part of Coastal Currents 2011. September 2011.
Gallery Photographers Exhibition. Lucy Bell Fine Art. July, August 2011.
Fillet 08/10. F-ISH gallery. Lens based works taken from the first two years of programming. February 2011.
They’re Not Laughing Now. F-ISH gallery Hastings. Exhibitor & curator. October 2010.
Summer Exhibition 2010. Lucy Bell Fine Art Photography, St Leonards On Sea. August 2010.
Photos With Words. PhotoPlace Gallery. Vermont Photography Workplace USA. July 2010.
IPG’s Greatest Hits. The Independent Photographers Gallery Battle, December 2009.
Indian Summer. Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, September 2009.
Conversations...From The Edge. Photo Hub Group, St Mary In The Castle Hastings, September 2009.
Jack In The Green. Hastings Arts Forum, St. Leonards on Sea. May 2008, 2009, 2010.
Shadowlands. South Coast Artists. Arts Forum, St. Leonards on Sea, March 2008.
Spirit Of The Season. The Independent Photographers Gallery, Battle, Dec 2007 - Jan 2008.
Regeneration. SoCo Gallery, Hastings, March 2007.
Seaside. Conquest Hospital, Hastings, August - November 2006.
South Coast Artists Spring Show. SoCo Gallery Hastings, May 2006.
Landscape Through The Lens. SoCo Gallery Hastings, January 2006.
War! The Rivington Gallery, London. June 2003.
Looking at London. The Prince’s Foundation, London. 2002.
London College of Fashion Faculty Show. London W1, 2001.
Cordwainers College Faculty Exhibitions. 1997, 1998, 1999.
Spitalfields, A Last Lingering Look. The Clerks House, Shoreditch. 1999..
Smalls. The Clerks House, Shoreditch, 1998.
Camerawork Open Exhibition. London E2, 1990.


Selected Events

Marx & The City. Projections for symposium. Arcadia University London campus. November 2018.
Silverhill Press Launch Event. Talk & Exhibition. Publication of Two Lampposts. The Printworks Hastings. October 2018.

PechaKucha Night 20x20. De La Warr Pavilion, East Sussex UK, September 2018.
In Conversation With Allan Grainger and Gabrielle Farah. A Sense Of Place. Lucy Bell Fine Art. May 2014.
The Curated Ego: What Makes a Good Selfie?. National Portrait Gallery London. January 2014.
We Are Brighton Photo Fringe. 10th Anniversary event. Phoenix Brighton. November 2013.
Ordinary/Everyday/Quotidian conference. University of York Centre for Modern Studies. September 2013.
51:zeroº Voyager. Film, Video and Digital Media Arts Festival, Medway, Kent UK. November 2012.
Process Works. Open Studio event with four contemporary jewellers for Coastal Currents September 2012.
University of Brighton Media Enterprise Centre. The Big Photography Debate. Chair. August 2011.
Projection Space. The Electric Palace, Hastings. Screening of "Lampshade Making In Ontario". May 2011.
Jawdance Audio Poetry Competition
. Rich Mix Centre London E1. Projection of photographs. May 2011.
London International Documentary Festival. "The Invisible City",
April 2010.
Four Corners. London E2. Photoforum. Speaker, 2004.

Print Sales

Lucy Bell Fine Art Photography


Community & Education: Selected Projects & Events

Photology. Talks & discussion about photography. Hastings, 2012-present.
A Town Explores A Book: The Time Machine. Southwater Centre, St Leonards on Sea. April 2020.
Hastings Museum & Art Gallery Young Curators Programme 2018- 2019. Working with the Museum's glass negative collection.

A Mirror Bending Time
. Animation workshop for artists. Blue Monkey Network, Towner Gallery Eastbourne. May 2017.
Re Birth. Exhibition of work by Rye Studio School photography students for Rye Arts Festival 2016.
Page Break Festival Hastings. Photogram & pinhole portrait workshop. September 2016.
"For photography in Hastings & East Sussex”. News & resources. Founder & editor 2009-2014.
(PhotoHastings has now become an annual international photography festival produced by Photo hub group, now also renamed PhotoHastings).
PhotoHastings & Photo hub group. Committee member. 2010-present.
Arts Award Adviser. 2014-present.
Silverhill Darkroom. Community darkroom & education space. Co-founder & co-director, Silverhill Darkroom CIC. 2012-16.
ParkLife. Photography workshop for Egerton Park funded by Rother District Council, De La Warr Studio Bexhill. October 2013.
Towner. Artist and Practitioner Pool 2011 - present. Working with the Gallery's education and outreach programmes.
including The Big Draw October 2011, BBC: Your Paintings February 2013
, Pathways photography Autumn 2013.
Jerwood Gallery. Jerwood Schools Project 2012-13. Working with local schools as part of the Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts START programme.
De La Warr Pavilion. Young Photographers. A summer school for 8-12 year olds. August 2011.
De La Warr Pavilion. Exhibitions Interpretation Team 2010-11. Creating events to accompany The Pavilion’s exhibitions. See the DLWP Thinking Aloud blog.
On Arrival. Helenswood School Hastings/Creative Partnerships. A "Change School" project with Yr7 pupils. 2011.
Pier Support. Fundraising exhibition with photography students from Sussex Coast College. May/June 2011.
Artist Rooms: Robert Mapplethorpe. Towner Gallery Eastbourne. Workshops with Willingdon Community School in conjunction with the exhibition creating content for the launch of the Towner youth community website. Sept/Oct 2010
Voices and Visions.
University of Brighton School of Education Centenary Conference. Workshop leader. September 2010.
The Helenswood Newsroom. Helenswood School Hastings/Creative Partnerships. Working with Yr 9 students to create The Helenswood Reporter, a printed & online newspaper. With journalist Jane Hughes & designers Playne Design. June 2010. A Creative Partnerships project.
From This Point On.
Hastings Arts Forum, St. Leonards On Sea. NCFE certificate (photography) final exhibition. Sussex Coast College Hastings, May 2010.
The Dark Monarch.
Towner Gallery Eastbourne. Workshops (video, photography) and gallery tour to accompany the Tate exhibition “The Dark Monarch. Magic and Modernity in British Art”. 2010.
Conference for Art & Design in Primary & Special Schools 2010.
East Sussex & Brighton & Hove Councils. Speaker.
Heroes For The Future
. Workshops in East Sussex schools. Directed by Rachael Roser. Supported by the Shackleton Foundation. 2009.
Working Our Way 2. De La Warr Pavilion/Creative Partnerships. A project in eight Bexhill primary schools to create an educational toolkit and an exhibition for the De La Warr Pavilion. Supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. 2008.
Zoom Group. White Rock Theatre Gallery, Hastings. National Diploma in Photography final exhibition. Hastings College 2006.
Lea Rivers Trust. Community workshops and photographic competition leading to touring exhibition and postcards.
2003 & 2006.

Bridie Productions. Photography of theatre projects in Tower Hamlets secondary schools. 2005, 2006.
Jerwood Charity. Jerwood Prison and Community Art Award 2004. Member, judging panel.
Community TV Trust. Photographic workshops in primary & secondary schools in Southwark, enabling students to produce their own content for the Southwark.TV website. 2003, 2004.
Groundwork Southwark. Photographic workshops at Poet’s Corner Estate, Camberwell Green using disposable cameras and leading to an exhibition as part of Black History Month 2003.
Big Arts Week. “Captions That Rhyme” Stepney Greencoat Primary School 2002. Large format Polaroids, scanned and projected, of children dressed as characters from the rhymes that they had written.
Resonant Frequencies. Whitechapel Gallery foyer exhibition of monochrome photographs. Sponsored by Keyphoto. Cordwainers College, 1999.
Dreams Made Flesh. Whitechapel Gallery foyer exhibition of toy camera images. Sponsored by Ilford. Cordwainers College, 1998.
Salle des Fetes, Suresnes, France. Photography exhibition in Hackney’s twin town. Cordwainers College. 1997.
Hackney Visual Artists Mentoring scheme. Mentor. 1997.



1986 - present. Self-employed photographer working mainly in the arts & hospitality. Exhibiting and selling prints, primarily from darkroom based art practice. Working to commission for national newspapers (including The Sunday Telegraph over a 14 year period under picture editor Nigel Skelsey), magazines, agencies, artists & craftspeople.
2012 - present. Visiting Lecturer in Photography, Arcadia University London Study Center.
2006 - present. Part time lecturer in photography, University Centre Hastings.
Sussex Coast College (previously Hastings College). BA (Hons) Visual Communication: Photography 2017-present. Teaching analogue & digital practice, culture & theory. HND Photography 2012-2018, adult courses, ND 2007-12, A level photography & graphics 2010-12. Course Leader, National Diploma Photography 2006-7.
2006 - 2007. Part time tutor, Bexhill College, East Sussex. AS, A2 photography & graphics.
2000 - 2005. Associate lecturer in photography at The London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, working with Foundation & foreign exchange students. Teaching analogue & digital photography, Photoshop. Group tutor.
1996 - 2000. Visiting tutor, part time, in photography at Cordwainers College Hackney. Working mainly in the art & design department with Foundation, BTEC and GAD students.
1995 - 1996. Photographer, writer and co-editor, ON Magazine, London.
Student, BTEC Creative Computing (digital arts), Tower Hamlets College.
1984 - 1985. Junior Photographer, Dawson Strange Photography, Cobham, Surrey - supporting a team of three specialist photographers (social, commercial location and commercial studio).
1983. Social photographer and colour printer, Photoworld Monaco. Photographing and printing portraits and conference pictures for conventions, business and social events.
1981 - 1982. Photographer and writer for Breakout, an independent monthly art and culture magazine, Liverpool.