Stuart Sandford has been shooting 35mm film (using his trusty Yashica T-5) since 2004 in his art school days back in his hometown of Sheffield, UK. Collected in this volume are works dating from that time up to the present, a number of them previously unpublished. Sandford has lived, worked, and traveled extensively across Europe, America, South Africa, and Russia, taking photographs of friends, lovers, and places and spaces along the way. Using a snapshot aesthetic, and in a style he calls "diaristic portraiture," Sandford creates scenarios and invites intimate relations with his subject, devising timeless vignettes of adoration, pleasure, and love (whether real or imagined) within the images and the connected narratives of the lives of those he photographs. Also incorporated in this volume are works from his Outside series (2007-TBA), again shot using 35mm and many unpublished, documenting urban, rural and sometimes lost public cruising spaces where men have sex with men.
About the artist :
Stuart Sandford was born in Sheffield, England but has lived and worked in the USA for the last 10 years, 5 of those in Los Angeles. He has exhibited his work widely in galleries and museums internationally, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and Centre de la Photographie, Genève. His work has been featured in numerous publications and it appears in many private collections around the world including the Sir Elton John Photography Collection.