Murray Ballard (b.1983) is a British photographer born and based in Brighton, UK. He graduated from the University of Brighton in 2007 with a first-class degree in Photography. The following year he was selected for Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed 08 – the annual showcase of work by ‘the most promising recent graduates’ at The Photographers’ Gallery, London. From 2008 he assisted Magnum photographer Mark Power for several years whilst continuing to work on his own commissions and self-initiated projects. Most notably his long-term investigation of cryonics – the practice of freezing the dead in the hope that future science and technology will be able to bring them back to life.
In 2011 the British Journal of Photography recognised him as ‘an emerging photographer of note’, following his debut solo show The Prospect of Immortality at Impressions Gallery, Bradford. The exhibition went on to tour both nationally and internationally. Venues include: Side Gallery, Newcastle; Format Festival, Derby; Breda Photo Festival, Netherlands, SI Fest, Italy and DongGang International Photography Festival, South Korea. In 2016 GOST Books published an extensive monograph of the work, which was shortlisted for the Paris Photo Aperture First Book Award.
Other commissioned work includes a residency at The John Innes Centre, Europe’s largest research Centre for the study of crop plants and microbiology, which resulted in a newspaper publication and pop-up exhibition, How to Genetically Modify a Tomato and Other Things we Eat. In 2012 Fotodocument commissioned him to photograph the UK renewable energy industry and in 2014 he was commissioned again as part of FotoDocument’s One Planet City project, which was exhibited at the Brighton Photo Biennale. In 2018 he was commissioned by Photoworks to make work about the South Downs for the redeveloped Royal Sussex County Hospital.
His photographs have been published in numerous magazines and newspapers including: Esquire, FT Weekend, GEO, GQ, The Guardian The Independent, The Telegraph, The Times and Wired. As well as the photography journals: 6 Mois, British Journal of Photography, HotShoe and Professional Photography.
Image Credit: Closed down Poundstretcher, Boston, April 2017, by Murray Ballard.