About

Stuart Richardson was born in 1978 in Auckland, NZ and raised in Connecticut. Since 2007, he has been based in Reykjavík, where he proudly received his citizenship in 2018. He earned his MFA in photography from the Hartford Art School's International Limited-Residency program under Robert Lyons, Michael Vahrenwald, Jörg Colberg and Mary Frey. His book dummy for Undercurrent won the Handmade Book Award for the class of 2018 and was shortlisted for the Fotobook Festival Kassel Dummy Award in 2019. His work has been shown at the National Museum of Iceland, featured in The Guardian, and exhibited in Iceland, the US, China, and throughout Europe. In addition to his photography, he runs Custom Photo Lab, where he specializes in producing exhibitions for museums, galleries and artists. Stuart works with multiple photographic formats, from 8x10 film to smartphone cameras and video. His photography is characterized by the attention paid to subtle details and forms in the natural environment, and his work often explores themes of environmentalism, the sublime, and transience – whether in relation to our experiences, to natural phenomena, or to how images render on film or video.

Solo Exhibitions

2019 | ÍSO 2019 Ljósmyndasýning FÍSL / ÍSO 2019 Photographic Exhibition of the Association of Icelandic Contemporary Photographers, Korpúlfsstaðir. Reykjaviík, Iceland.

 In Transition / Tímahvörf: Hafnarfjörður as Seen by Eight Contemporary Photographers, Hafnarborg Centre of Culture and Fine Art. Hafnarfjörður, Iceland.

Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award 2019 Shortlist Exhibition. The dummy for Undercurrent has been displayed a numerous photo festivals, including Kassel Buch, Germany; Photoireland Dublin; IED Madrid, Encontros de Imagem, Portugal; Istanbul Photo Festival; Photobook Week Aarhus in Denmark and Officine Fotografiche Roma in Italy. 

Undercurrent, A selection of pieces from Undercurrent are on loan for exhibition at the offices of the Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Reykjavík, Iceland.

2017 | Kyrrðin / The Quiet, Skriðuklaustur Centre of Culture and History. Fljótsdalur, Iceland.

2014 | Sodium Sun / Natríum Sól, The National Museum of Iceland. Reykjavík, Iceland.

2010 | Selected Landscapes, Radisson BLU 1919 Hotel. Reykjavík, Iceland.

Group Exhibitions

2018 | This Island Earth, Pingyao International Photography Festival. Pingyao, China.

Sustained Pause. Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School. West Hartford, CT. USA. 

This Island Earth, VB Photographic Centre. Kuopio, Finland. 

This Island Earth, The Northern Photographic Centre. Oulu, Finland. 

This Island Earth, The Reykjavík Museum of Photography. Reykjavík, Iceland.

2017 | This Island Earth, Galleri Image. Århus, Denmark.

As to be Inaudible, C/O Berlin. Berlin, Germany.

2016 | Sodium Sun / Natríum Sól. Official Selection of the Icelandic delegation to Fotobok Festival Oslo.

2015 | AgX: Exhibition of the Iceland Film Photography Association, Custom Photo Lab, Reykjavík, Iceland. 

Enginn Staður / No Site, Hafnarborg Centre of Culture and Fine Art, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland. 

2014 | Inaugural Show of the Iceland Film Photography Association, Íslensk Grafík Gallery. Reykjavík, Iceland. 

2011 | New Wedding Avant-Garde, The First Cut. Neon Chocolate Gallery. Berlin, Germany. 

Kvik Myndasýning, Skriðuklaustur Centre of Culture and History. Fljótsdalur, Iceland.

Stuart Richardson's work is in the collection of the National Museum of Iceland, the Radisson BLU 1919 Hotel, and private collections in Iceland, the United Kingdom, United States, and Germany. His work has been featured in The Guardian, Der Greif and Aint-Bad. He received Hartford Art School Merit Scholarships for 2016 and 2017.