About Of G K Allum


G. K. Allum is a fine art photographer and writer whose work deals with themes of decay of the mind, the body and relationships.

Based in Brighton, he has been inspired by the works of Francesca Woodman and Caravaggio. Whilst his writing leans towards a mixture of Richard Brautigan, Charles Bukowski, Jeannette Winterson and romantic poets such as Pablo Neruda and Rainer Maria Rilke.

Using mainly anonymous models who are disconnected from our world and integrated firmly in the nature of the image they inhabit. G. K. Allum shoots using traditional film methods in medium format and 35mm, solely using natural light and natural backdrops.

In recent years, G. K. Allum has published four books which have sold in over 25 countries worldwide.

The Night Shines Like Fireflies’ documented the recording sessions of Supergrass at the legendary Hansa Studios in Berlin. ‘The Sail’, released in 2010, is a lucid poetical novel that showcased his writing talents and in Autumn 2012 ‘Carbon’ was released as a limited edition collection of short stories and poetry.

2013 saw the release of ‘The Anteater That Didn’t’ featuring illustrations by Quirky Joe.

Awards


  • 2013 – ‘The Sail’ Writer’s Digest Awards, US, Honorable Mention.
  • 2012 – ‘A Serenade to The Ghost’ Laguna Art Prize, Italy, Finalist and Special Prize Winner.
  • 2011 – ‘A Serenade to The Ghost’ New York Art Marathon, US, Shortlisted.
  • 2006 – 2008 – Nominated 3x for the PA Award in Association with the British Journal of Photography.
  • 2007 – ‘Corridors of Love’ Longlisted for the Fish International Short Story Prize, UK.
  • 2005 – Jessops ‘Black & White Photograph of The Year’, Southern Region, UK.

Exhibitions


  • 2013 – Solo Show @ Giudecca 795 Gallery, Venice, Italy.
  • 2012 – Arsenale, Venice, Italy (Laguna Art Prize Finalist’s Show)
  • 2011 – New York Art Marathon, New York, US. (Finalist’s Show)
  • 2011 – ‘Desire’, The Soho Gallery, UK (The Portman Gallery Group Show)