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Alvin Booth

Alvin Booth was born in Hull, an industrial city in the Northeast of England. He left school at the age of seventeen and trained to become a hairdresser. After working in Hull he later moved to Oxford where his interest in photography grew. In 1989 he gave up hairdressing and moved to New York City where he now works and lives.

Self taught, his nude studies are the work of both artist and artisan. Each photograph is printed, toned, and "distressed" by hand. So while the image and printing method is modern, the final result is reminiscent of the photographs of the mid to late nineteenth century. The finished print is then framed by sealing it in glass with copper and solder.

Booth’s first book of nudes, Corpus (forward by Charlotte Cotton of the Victoria and Albert Museum) was published fall 1999 by Edition Stemmle. Corpus was awarded the Kodak Photo Book press award for 1999. His next book, Osmosis, was published with Edition Stemmle in fall 2002.

Booth’s work can be found in the collections of Elton John, Barbara Millstein of the Brooklyn Museum, Leon Constantiner, Henry Buhl, Adam and Eileen Boxer of Ubu Gallery amongst others.

Exhibitions

2009 Acte 2, Paris, France*
2008 Hamiltons Gallery, London, England
Etherton Gallery, Tuscon, Arizona*
Galerie Förster, Berlin, Germany *
OMC Gallerie, California
2007 In Focus Gallerie Cologne, Germany*
Etherton Gallery, Tuscon, Arizona;
OMC Gallerie, California
2006 Acte2 Galerie Paris, France*
Galerie Le Confort Des Etranges Toulouse, France*
2005 Galerie Mainberg Mainberg, Germany*
Kamera und Fotmuseum Leipzig, Germany
Fahey/Klein Gallery Los Angeles, USA*
In Focus Gallerie Cologne, Germany
Lincoln Center Dance on Camera Festival New York, USA
Dance Camera West International Festival in Los Angeles, USA
2004 Leica Gallery New York, USA
Aero Plastics Brussels, Belgium
Städtisches Museum Heilbronn, Germany
Arte Fino Zürich, Switzerland
Stamford Art Gallery Stamford, Connecticut USA
OMC Gallerie Düsseldorf, Germany
Yancey Richardson Gallery New York, USA
Jackson Fine Art Atlanta, Georgia USA*
2003 De Beyerd Contemporary Art Museum Breda, Holland
OMC Gallerie Düsseldorf, Germany*
Arte Fino Zurich, Switzerland*
Fifty One Fine Art Photography Antwerp, Belgium*
2002 Prague House of Photography Czech Republic*
Kamera und Fotomuseum Leipzig, Germany
2001 In Focus Gallerie Cologne, Germany*
Fahey/Klein Gallery Los Angeles, USA
Yancey Richardson Gallery New York, USA
2000 Jackson Fine Art Atlanta, Georgia USA*
Robert Klein Gallery Boston, USA
Yancey Richardson Gallery New York, USA
The Museum of the City of New York, USA
The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, (Corset 2000) New York, USA
1999 Yancey Richardson Gallery New York, USA*
Stephen Daiter Gallery Chicago, USA*
Fahey/Klein Gallery Los Angeles, USA*
Robert Klein Gallery Boston, USA*
1997 Hamiltons London, England
Jackson Fine Art Atlanta, Georgia USA
Sarah Morthland Gallery New York, USA
Throckmorton Fine Art New York, USA
Yancey Richardson Gallery New York, USA
Galleria Carla Sozzani Milan, Italy
1996 Hamiltons London, England
Yancey Richardson Gallery New York, USA*
1995 Hamiltons London, England
  * (Solo Show)

Galleries

Books

  • "Osmosis" Galerie Vevais publishers, 2007
  • "Corpus", Stemmle publishers, 1999

Movie/DVD

  • "Film Booth", Galerie Vevais, 2006

(Books and DVD can be ordered al buchhandel.de and amazon.de or at Galerie-Förster.)