Established, UK based artist/photographer, primarily concerned with contested spaces.  Working with a range of media including: photography, text, moving-image and sourced, online material.


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


Collectively, his early work draws heavily from his personal experience of his time in the military.  However, Ames’ practice also encompasses his wider research interests, particularly in relation to contested spaces (both physical and digital). 

Working in collaboration with British Armed Forces veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan (alongside veterans' organisations and charities, such as the Royal British Legion), he has also explored the 'unseen' consequences of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in an attempt to raise awareness of this complex and often misunderstood condition.  His attentions have 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 recent years, has practice has 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, recent works have also explored the caustic language and iconography of division and hatred that permeates contemporary culture.  


'Official Portraits for a Post-Truth Era'

Shutter Hub Open

London (2021) 

'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)

‘Visions and Anxieties’

Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art  (Project Space)

Sunderland (2004)

‘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


© Craig Ames 2022.  All rights reserved.

With thanks to the many organisations and institutions that have supported me over the years, including:

Arts Council England

Victoria & Albert Museum

University of Sunderland

North East Photography Network

Northern Centre of Photography

Belfast Exposed

Format Photography Festival

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

Turner Contemporary

The Photographers' Gallery

Huis Marseille: Museum of Photography

Baltic: Centre for Contemporary Art

Bradford Photography Festival

Shutter Hub

NewBridge Project

British Army

Royal British Legion

European Regional Development Fund



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

3D Scan Craig Ames


In Development:

'Something Went Wrong'

(New photobook currently in development)


'Variations on a Theme of England'

(Photographic landscape project in development.  More info and images to follow...)