Although he began to make photographs in his youth, it was not until the completion of his formal photographic education with a Master`s degree at the London College of Communication in 2002 that Nicholas Hughes realised his calling of becoming a photo artist. His work gained international recognition after solo shows at the Photographers’ Gallery in London (2007 & 2009) and at Nailya Alexander Gallery in New York (2010) as well as being featured in ‘Earth’ at the Houston Fotofest (2006) and in ‘Landscape’ at the 5th International Photo Festival in Seoul (2005). Recently his work has been included in the selection of contemporary artists by the Victoria & Albert Museum for the travelling exhibition ‘Something that I’ll Never Really See’ through India (2010–11). His work has also been presented at a number of important photography fairs in Los Angeles, New York and Paris. Nicholas Hughes’ work has been featured in numerous publications and is represented in many important photography collections.
Nicholas Hughes`s work examines the space between the world that people inhabit and that which nature still claims as its own. In this intermediary space between the two, the photographer seeks to explore the essence of the human spirit and its relationship with nature. By focusing on boundaries, plains and surfaces he acknowledges the limits humanity have imposed on the natural world and contemplates the future for both. Hughes creates beautiful analogue colour prints in a darkroom that benefit from viewing in person.
«By challenging himself to work within the traditional media, Hughes is able to extract through the silver halides a luminosity of light that is life itself: spiritual, fragile and sublime.»