Sunday, August 12, 2012
Zed Nelson lives in London. Having gained recognition and received major awards as a documentary photographer working in some of the most troubled areas of the world (including First Prize in the World Press Photo Competition), Nelson has increasingly turned his focus on western society, adopting a more conceptual approach to reflect on contemporary social issues. His recently published second book Love Me (Contrasto) was nominated for the 2011 Deutsche Borse Photography Prize, shortlisted for the Leica European Publishers Award for Photography, and received First Prize in the 2010 Pictures of the Year International Awards. Nelson’s seminal first book project, Gun Nation, gained worldwide attention and incited significant controversy in the United States, resulting in demonstrations and death threats against the author. He is one of those photographers that tackles huge problems and issues in his work. That is what drives my fascination with him. One of the series I like is called Love Me. Love Me reflects on the cultural and commercial forces that drive a global obsession with youth and beauty.