About

Sophie Gerrard (Scottish, b.1978) is an award winning photographer specialising in contemporary documentary stories with environmental and social themes.

Sophie began her career in environmental sciences before studying photography at Edinburgh College of Art followed by an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication.

Her first major project, E-Wasteland was awarded a Jerwood Photography Award a Fuji Bursary and a Magenta Fast Forward Award. She has since been shortlisted and nominated for the Prix Pictet Award several years running and the 2015 Remote Photo Prize.

Sophie’s editorial and long term personal work has been published widely by clients including The Guardian, The New York Times, The Telegraph Magazine, FT Magazine, The Washington Post, Esquire Magazine, Foto8, The British Journal of Photography, Portfolio Magazine, Lucky Peach, Le Monde and many others.

Solo and group exhibitions include OFF_festival Bratislava 2018, The Scottish National Portrait Gallery (2015), Brighton Photoworks Biennial (2014), Impressions Gallery, Bradford (2014), Street Level Gallery (2014), Scotland House, Brussels (2014), Unseen Amsterdam (2013), Flowers East Gallery (2008), The Arbetes Museum (2008), Paris Photo (2008) and the Photographers’ Gallery (2012/13). Her work is held in a number of collections including St Andrews University Special Collection, The National Galleries of Scotland, Couttes Bank private collection, StatOil Collection and the Sir Elton John private Collection.

In 2012 Sophie co-founded Document Scotland, a collective of internationally acclaimed photographers dedicated to chronicling the social, cultural and economic life in Scotland.

Sophie is a lecturer in photography at Edinburgh Napier University, a senior lecturer at Falmouth University MA Photography online and a member of the board of trustees for Impressions Gallery in Bradford.

Sophie’s work has been published in several books including “New Light” The Jerwood Foundation (2009), “Tunnock” Cafe Royal Books (2015), “The Bigger Picture”, Impressions Gallery (2015) and “Compassion, Commitment, Community” The Savitri Waney Charitable Trust (2013).

Sophie is represented by The Photographers’ Gallery in London.

Publications
  • Cafe Royal Books Tunnock’s limited edition of 150 copies
  • The Bigger Picture published by Impressions Gallery
  • Doc 001 Document Scotland’s 1st newspaper 2012
  • Seeing Ourselves Document Scotland newspaper 2013
  • The Ties That Bind Digital Magazine 2015 released to coincide with the exhibition of the same name at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh.

Exhibitions & Publications
  • 2018 – The Anthropocene, OFF_festival Bratislava. Solo Show
  • 2018 – We Feed The World, Bargehouse Gallery, London. Group Show
  • 2018 – 10 From The North, An Lanntair, Stornoway. Group Show
  • 2017 – Wildfires, Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, Dunfermline. Group Show
  • 2017 – Drawn To The Land, Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire. Solo Show
  • 2017 – When The Light Shifts, Glasgow Womens Library. Group Show
  • 2016 – Common Ground, The Millennium Centre, Cardiff. Group Show
  • 2016 – Artists, farmers & Philosophers Symposium, Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle. Solo Show
  • 2016 – Northern Light, SIA Gallery, Sheffield. Group Show
  • 2016 – Dundee Science Festival, Drug Discovery Unit. Solo Show
  • 2015 – The Ties That Bind, The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh. Group Show
  • 2014 – Beyond The Border, Impressions Gallery, Bradford. Group Show
  • 2014 – Working The Border, Carlisle Photo Festival, Carlisle Railway Station public exhibition, Group show.
  • 2014 – Fotodocument One Planet Living, Brighton Photo Biennial, The Waste House, Brighton, Solo show
  • 2014 – Photography Oxford Festival, Document Scotland Multimedia Screening.
  • 2014 – Common Ground, by Document Scotland – Self published publication & catalogue
  • 2014 – Common Ground, Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, Group show
  • 2014 – Face To Face, The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh. Multimedia screening.
  • 2014 – Five by Four, Scotland House, Brussels. Group show
  • 2014 – Document Scotland Autumn Salon, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, Multimedia screening
  • 2014 – Document Scotland Summer Salon, Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, Inverness, Multimedia screening
  • 2014 – Portrait Salon, Fuse, Bradford, Group Show.
  • 2014 – Survive, London College of Communication alumni show, London
  • 2013 – Protectors of Sight, Hereford Photo Month, The Courtyard Gallery, Hereford, Solo show
  • 2013 – Document Scotland Summer Salon, Stills, Edinburgh, Multimedia Photofilms, Group show
  • 2013 – Unseen Photography Fair, with The Photographers’ Gallery, Amsterdam – Group show
  • 2013 – DOC002, by Document Scotland – Collective self published newspaper
  • 2013 – Seeing Ourselves FotoSpace Gallery, Fife, Group show
  • 2013 – Pulse with Miniclick at Look13, Liverpool Photography Festival , Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool
  • 2013 – “Compassion, Commitment, Community”, Savitri Charitable Trust Publication
  • 2013 – DOC001, by Document Scotland – Collective self published newspaper
  • 2013 – Open Submission 1, Fotospace Gallery, Glenrothes – Group show
  • 2012 – The World In London, The Photographers’ Gallery, London – Group show and online project
  • 2012 – Photovoice Auction of Exceptional Photographs, Truman Brewery, London – Group Show
  • 2012 – Slideluck Potshow London & Miniclick – 5 years retrospective, Brighton Photo Fringe, Brighton
  • 2012 – Photomonitor – Featured Portfolio Artist for the month
  • 2012 – Uncertain States, Espacio Gallery, London – Group Show
  • 2012 – Uncertain States Issue 10 – collective self published newspaper
  • 2012 – Protectors of Sight – FotoSpace Gallery, Glenrothes – Solo show
  • 2012 – Photography Open Salon – An Eye for An Ear, Galerie Huit Arles, France – Group Show
  • 2012 – Firecracker Diary – Firecracker’s featured European Female Photographers from 2011
  • 2011 – Photovoice Auction of Exceptional Photographs, La Galleria, London – Group Show
  • 2011 – ASA Collective – slideshow, London – Group Show
  • 2011 – Protectors of Sight – Royal Society of Medicine, London – Solo show
  • 2010 – Couttes Private Bank Exhibition – The Photographers’ Gallery, London – Group Show
  • 2009 – “New Light” – Jerwood Photography Awards Publication, London
  • 2008 – Prix Pictet slideshow – Palais de Tokyo, Paris
  • 2008 – Jerwood Photography Award 2007 Exhibition Artists’ Talk – Streetlevel Gallery, Glasgow
  • 2008 – Jerwood Photography Award 2007 Exhibition – Lakeside Arts, Nottingham
  • 2008 – Jerwood Photography Award 2007 Exhibition – Town Hall Galleries, Ipswich
  • 2008 – Visa de L’ani – Bar FlorÈal, Paris – Group Show
  • 2008 – Jerwood Photography Award 2007 Exhibition – Millais Gallery, Southampton
  • 2008 – “E-wasteland” Arbetets Museum, Norrkˆoping, Sweden – Solo Show
  • 2007 – Jerwood Photography Award 2007 Exhibition Artists’ Talk – Jerwood Space, London
  • 2007 – Paris Photo – The Photographers’ Gallery, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris – Group Show
  • 2007 – “Says The Junk In The Yard” – Flowers East, London – Group Show & Catalogue
  • 2007 – “Focus Periphery;Photomeetings 2007” – Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxemburg
  • 2007 – “8 Colours From The Yamato Period” – Galerie Weissraum, Kyoto, Japan
  • 2006 – MA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography – Atrium Gallery, LCC, London
  • 2006 – “Elefest:Eye On The Elephant” – Elephant & Castle Underground, London – Group Show
  • 2006 – Green Elephant – Postgraduate Centre, LCC, London – Solo Show
  • 2005 – 8 Colours From The Yamato Period – Sculpture Court, Edinburgh – Group Show
  • 2005 – “(f)actual; Looking at Documentary” – Napier University, Edinburgh – Group Show
Awards
  • 2018 NOMINEE: Prix Pictet, Power, Paris
  • 2018 FINALIST: Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award, UK
  • 2018 FINALIST: Fractured Stories, BJP
  • 2015 FINALIST: Remote Photo Festival Prize, Donegal, Ireland
  • 2014 WINNER: Fotodocument One Planet Living Commission, Brighton, UK
  • 2014 FINALIST: Portrait Salon, London, Edinburgh, Birmingham & Bradford
  • 2013 FINALIST: Portrait Salon, London & Bradford
  • 2013 NOMINEE: Prix Pictet, Consumption, Paris
  • 2012 NOMINEE: London Photography Award, London
  • 2012 NOMINEE: Prix Pictet, Power, Paris
  • 2011 NOMINEE: Prix Pictet, Growth, Paris
  • 2010 SHORTLISTED: Terry O’Neill Award, London
  • 2009 NOMINEE: Prix Pictet, Earth, Paris
  • 2008 NOMINEE: Prix Pictet, Water, Paris & Dubai
  • 2008 NOMINEE: Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo
  • 2008 NOMINEE: Sovereign European Art Prize
  • 2008 NOMINEE: Prix Pictet, Paris & Dubai
  • 2007 WINNER: Jerwood Photography Award
  • 2007 WINNER: Fuji Film Bursary
  • 2007 WINNER: Magenta Flash Forward Award, Canada
  • 2007 SHORTLISTED: Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award.

Collections
  • St Andrews University Special Collections
  • Scottish National Galleries Collection
  • StatOil Collection
  • Couttes Bank Collection
  • Sir Elton John Collection

Teaching and talks
  • 2013 to present – Lecturer, photography, Edinburgh Napier University
  • 2018 – Senior Lecturer Falmouth University MA online Photography
  • 2018 – We Feed The World, Gaia Foundation, Bargehouse Gallery, London. ‘Telling the Story of Agroecology: the role media plays’ Panel discussion with John Vidal.
  • 2016 – North East Photography Network, Mining Institute, Newcastle
  • 2016 – Artists, farmers & Philosophers Symposium, Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle link
  • 2016 – Northern Light Conference, SIA Gallery, Sheffield link
  • 2016 – BBC Radio 4 Farming Today interview with Fiona Clampin link
  • 2015 – BBC One TV Landward Episode 23 with Sarah Mack link
  • 2015BBC Radio Scotland Out of Doors  interview with Claire White link
  • 2015 – Develop North Photography Festival, Aberdeen link here
  • 2015 – The Ties That Bind, artists’ talk, The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh.
  • 2014 – Beyond The Border, artist’s talk, Impressions Gallery, Bradford.
  • 2014 – Brighton Biennial Photoworks & FotoDocument, artist’s talk, Brighton.
  • 2014 – Talk, See Photography, CCA Glasgow
  • 2014 – Photography Oxford Festival, Shooting Local, panel discussion, Oxford.
  • 2012 – Edinburgh Napier University, visiting Lecturer, Edinburgh
  • 2012 – Edinburgh College of Art, visiting lecturer, Edinburgh
  • 2012 – Hereford College of The Arts, Hereford,
  • 2012 – Edinburgh College of Art, Foto Talks, public lecture
  • 2012 – ASA Collective & Firecracker, public lecture and presentation
  • 2012 – Women in photography, The Photographers’ Gallery, London
  • 2012 – The BJP Social Lecture, The Photographers’Gallery & BJP, London
  • 2011 – Seeing Photography Lecture Series, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh
  • 2010 – Women in Photography, The Photographers’ Gallery, Couttes Bank, London
  • 2007 – Jerwood Photography Award 2007, artists’ talks – Jerwood Space, London
  • 2007 – Southampton Solent University – visiting lecture & workshop

Education
  • 2015 – PG Cert Blended and Online Learning, Edinburgh Napier University
  • 2007 – Photomeetings 2007 Workshop with Peter Bialobrzeski & Denis Darzacq, Luxembourg
  • 2006 – MA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography, London College of Communication
  • 2005 – BA Visual Communication, Photography, Edinburgh College of Art
  • 1999 – BSc Hons Environmental Sciences, Manchester University.