Young Masters: Focus on Photography|Red Saunders

07. Red Saunders, Dutch Kitchen Still Life

Photographer Red Saunders’ on-going project, HIDDEN, which he has been working on since 2008, recreates great moments in the long struggle for rights and representation in Britain.  The aim of the project, which is currently in progress, is to recreate historic scenes involving the dissenters, revolutionaries, radicals and non-conformists that have often been hidden from a history dominated by Kings, Queens and military battles.  His photographs are notable for their meticulous attention to detail in costume, historical accuracy and lighting (which takes particular influence form the paintings of Rembrandt, Velazquez and Caravaggio).

Red Saunders trained as a photographer in the 1960s and had a long career until the late 1990s as a commercial photographer working for Rolling Stone, GQ, Time, Life and Conde Nast magazines.  In 2000 he had a solo show Nearby at Pentagram Gallery, London, and continued to take commissions until 2006.  Recently he has shown in various exhibitons and group shows, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2014.


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