Anderson and Low

Jonathan Anderson and Edwin Low are based in the United Kingdom. Their work ranges from portraiture, nudes, architectural studies, abstraction and studio-based works. Their prints are in the collections of numerous international museums.

Jonathan Anderson and Edwin Low have been collaborating as the team "Anderson & Low" since 1990. After the Royal Academy of Arts exhibited one of their early works they decided to enter a long term fine-art photography partnership. Their work includes portraiture, nudes, architectural studies, abstract images, reportage, landscape, and highly disciplined studio-based images.

 

Works by Anderson & Low, noted for attention to concept, form, lighting, and printing, have been exhibited world-wide and reside in public and private collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Museum of Fine Art, Houston, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, the National Portrait Galleries of the UK and Australia, the Worcester Museum, the United States Olympic Center and The Museet Fotokunst, Denmark.

 

Their major exhibition The Athlete was staged at the invitation of the National Art Gallery of Malaysia for the 1998 Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival. The success of this drew the attention of both the US Olympic Committee and the National Portrait Gallery, London, who commissioned American Athletes (2001) and The Contenders (2002) respectfully.

 

During this time, their work evolved from working with athletes to exploring two modern interpretations of the classical concept of "the hero" through images of athletes who are also cadets in the US military academies. Athlete/Warrior was exhibited extensively throughout the UK and USA.

 

Anderson & Low's Circus works were debuted at Paris Photo in November 2007 and an image from this was selected for the National Portrait Gallery 2007 Photographic Portrait Award. Exhibitions consequently took place at the Photographers' Gallery, London in 2008, and at The Lowry, Manchester, in 2010.

 

In January 2011 Anderson & Low premiered Manga Dreams at Hamiltons, a ground-breaking body of colour work, drawing heavily on contemporary youth culture, around the concepts of identity, culture, and costume that explores a hybrid art-form involving photography, graphics, digital painting and calligraphy. Manga Dreams was subsequently featured in the 2011 Venice Biennale, and has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the UK, Canada, USA and Australia.

 

In 2012 Anderson & Low returned to the theme of sports when they were commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, London to be the official artists for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, creating new portraits of British athletes and key individuals connected with UK sports.

 

They have published several books including: Athletes (2002), Gymnasts (2002), Athlete/Warrior (2005), Circus (2008), Manga Dreams (2010) and Endure (2012).