Zed Nelson is a London based photographer specialising in portraiture and documentary work. His work has been published in magazines across the world and received numerous photography prizes.
Having gained recognition as a documentary photographer working in some of the most troubled areas of the world, Zed Nelson has increasingly turned his focus on Western society, reflecting on contemporary social issues.
Gun Nation - a disturbing reflection on America’s deadly love affair with the gun - was Nelson’s seminal first book. The project has been awarded five major international photography prizes and is regarded by many as the definitive body of work on the subject.
Love Me - Nelson’s second book - reflects on the cultural and commercial forces that drive a global obsession with youth and beauty. The project spanned five years and involved photography in 18 countries across five continents. Love Me was nominated for the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize, short-listed for the Leica European Publishers Award for Photography, and received First Prize in the Pictures of the Year International awards.
A Portrait of Hackney - Nelson's most recent book project - is a reflection on the change and gentrification of the London borough he grew up in.
Previous awards include the Visa d’Or, France; First Prize in World Press Photo Competition; and the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award, USA.
Zed's work has been exhibited at Tate Britain, the ICA and the National Portrait Gallery, and is in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum. He has also solo shows in London, Stockholm and New York.
His debut feature-length documentary film The Street was released in 2019.