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Based in the UK, I'm an artist and photographer with an interest in contested spaces, expanded forms of evidence, simulation, artificial intelligence imaging and the networked image. Encompassing these interconnected themes, I have a diverse practice and work with a range of media, including photography, AI imaging, text, moving-image and sourced, online material.


My interest in photography began when I trained to become an evidence photographer whilst serving in the British Army. Documenting scenes-of-crime and chronicling my day-to-day experiences of 'the Troubles' whilst on a tour-of-duty in Northern Ireland, proved to be the catalyst for developing my fascination with the medium. 


Collectively, my early work draws heavily from the experiences of my time in the military.  However, my practice also encompasses wider interests, particularly in relation to contested spaces (both physical and digital), simulation, the networked image and expanded forms of evidence.  

Working in collaboration with British Armed Forces veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan (alongside veterans' organisations and charities, such as the Royal British Legion), I've explored the unseen consequences of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in an attempt to raise awareness of this complex and often misunderstood condition.  I've also focussed on the implications inherent within simulated theatres of conflict and the commodification of contemporary warfare by both civilian communities and military institutions.  

In later works my practice gravitated around contested spaces on the 'home-front', both in the UK and abroad, where we have witnessed a disturbing rise in nationalist and far-right ideologies.  In this vein, some of these works have also explored the caustic language and iconography of division and hatred that permeates contemporary culture.

More recently, my focus has shifted to exploring my long-term fascination with artificial intelligence and the monumental technical advancements, as well as the growing ethical concerns we are currently witnessing with the mainstream adoption of contemporary AI imaging algorithms.  


More exhibition announcements for 2023/2024 coming soon...

'Photographs of British Algae - AI Impressions'

Copenhagen Photo Festival

Copenhagen (2023) 

'New Topographies - Images of an Algorithmic Landscape'

Format International Photography Festival

Derby (2023) 

/sLab AI

Priestman Gallery

Sunderland (2023)

'13 Rembrandts' (an experimental, augmented reality exhibition)

The Wrong Biennale: Sunderland Pavilion

Sunderland (2019 - 2020) 

‘Kill Zones’ 

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (Collections Space)

National Glass Centre

Sunderland (2019) 

‘Hidden Civil War’ 

NewBridge Gallery

Newcastle-upon-Tyne (2016) 

'Gimme Shelter: Forts & Fictions in the Lowlands' 

Kunstfort Asperen & Kuntsfort bij VijFhuizen, 

The Netherlands (2015)  

‘Format Photography Festival’

Derby (2015)

‘Frames: Projecting International Photography’.

Glasgow (2014)

'You are the Company in Which You Keep' 

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

Sunderland (2013)

'Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography'

Belfast Exposed and the MAC

Belfast (2013)

'Nothing in the World But Youth'

Turner Contemporary

Margate (2011 - 2012) 

'Ways of Looking: Evidence'

Bradford International Photography Festival

Bradford (2011)

’Inkubator II: Bunker’

DLI Museum and Art Gallery

Durham (2009)

‘Tour Photographs’  (Featured in ‘War Memorial’ by Julian Germain)

Brighton Photo Biennial.  Aspex Gallery

Portsmouth (2008)

‘Left Right Left’

Hug Gallery for International Photography

Amsterdam (2006)

‘Made in Britain: Contemporary British Photography’

Huis Marseille and FOAM Institute

Amsterdam (2005)

‘Left Right Left’ & ‘Tour Photographs’

Baltic: Centre for Contemporary Art

Gateshead (2004)

'Year One: A Snapshot of Britain'  (Curated by Martin Parr)

The Photographers' Gallery

London (2001)



Self-Published Newspaper - Artist's Edition of 50 (2016)

'Format 15: Evidence’

Published by Quad/Format (2015)

'de Marseillaise: Fifteen Years of Collecting’

Published by Huis Marseille (2014)

‘Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography'

Published by Belfast Exposed and the MAC (2013)

'Evidence: Ways of Looking’

Published by Impressions Gallery (2011)   

'Nothing in the World But Youth

Published by Turner Contemporary Press (2011) 


Self-Published - Artist's Edition of 50 (2009)

‘Made in Britain: Contemporary British Photography’

Published by Huis Marseille & FOAM Institute (2005)  

'Left Right Left’

Published by PhotoNorth (2003)


Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Belfast Exposed, Belfast

Huis Marseille: Museum of Photography, Amsterdam


Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland



research is currently underway which is centred around artificial intelligence, machine learning and machine vision, as well as virtual and augmented realities and simulations.        


In Development:

'Photographs of British Algae – AI Impressions'

(New book coming soon...)

'New Topographies – Images of an Algorithmic Landscape' 

(New book coming soon...)

'Twentysix Image Returns'

(New book coming soon...)

Working Towards a Greener Future


As part of a growing commitment to make my practice more environmentally sustainable, my digital studio is run on 100% renewable energy. Where possible, paper-based prints, tests, mock-ups and books are made using recycled or FSC certified paper stocks.  I only source packaging that is made from recycled materials and is 100% recyclable.  


In addition, I support the Woodland Trust's sustainable rewilding project and I'm also a member of the Marine Conservation Society. 


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© Craig Ames 2023

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