Spencer Murphy

16.01.2014 in18:23 in Kids, Portraits -->


“This Kind Of Poverty: Save The Children – UK Poverty Campaign in collaboration with Labyrinth Photographic In 2012 I teamed up with Save The Children to create a picture of what those children that lived in one of the most deprived areas in the UK thought about poverty. . Over 2 days in August I photographed children in Poplar Boys And Girls Youth Club. Asking them to write down their thoughts on poverty within the UK. These are some of the resulting pictures. The photographs are mine, the words the children’s.”
Spencer Murphy was born in 1978 and grew up in the Kentish countryside. Raised in relative isolation, miles from the nearest shop or school, Spencer often found himself with only his imagination for company and the surrounding woodland as his playground. It was a combination of this imagination and an early discovery of his mother’s back issues of Life and National Geographic that sparked an early enthusiasm for photography at the age of 11. As a result, his parents bought him his first camera and photography quickly became a channel for his creativity. Spencer now lives and works in London, dividing his time between creating his own artwork, taking on photographic commissions.He has contributed to many magazines, including The Guardian Weekend, The Telegraph Magazine, Time, Monocle and Wallpaper. His portraits have also appeared in such publications as Rolling Stone Magazine, GQ and Dazed and Confused. He has exhibited throughout Europe and North America and was named as one of the Hyeres Festival’s emerging photographers of 2008. He has also been included in the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize exhibition 6 times between 2006 and 2012 and in 2012 was the third place winner. His work is now held in the NPG’s Pemanent Collection.