Alan McFetridge is a New Zealand born, UK based photographer. He draws on his ancestry of farming, formative years in rural New Zealand and adult life in London to bring attention to the impact of dispossession and the geography that surrounds it.
Beginning with local events in 2012, the potential for epic displacement came into the frame after studying the impacts of wildfire in 2016 from a Royal Photographic Society Bursary. Since then he has become dedicated to explaining the dual capacity of fire, colonialism's role in the Climate Crisis and acknowledging our role in the burning. His project is layered in meaning and supported by substantial research with the considerable challenge of logistics of making work around the world.
In April he is on the Climates of Colonialism Panel at the Association for Art History Annual Conference.
His fire project has received 5 nominations for the 2021 Prix Pictet - ninth edition of the Prix Pictet, the world’s leading prize for photography and sustainability.
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