Christopher Bucklow (born 1957) is one of the leading figures of the contemporary British ‘cameraless’ photography movement, and his innovative work is now held in numerous museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Museum of Fine Art, Boston and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
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Christopher Bucklow was born in Flixton, Lancashire in 1957. Bucklow’s interest in art first developed as a teenager, when he became particularly interested in the work of the French Impressionist painter Alfred Sisley. In 1975, he went on to study history of art at Leicester Polytechnic, where his interests expanded to include Romanticism and modern American painting. Graduating three years later, Bucklow was offered a post as a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in the Prints and Drawings department.
Bucklow spent eight years at the Victoria and Albert Museum, before leaving his job to concentrate on creating his own work. His earliest projects focused on sculpture and painting, using a conceptual approach to explore interventions in the natural landscape. His Noosphere series of paintings from 1991 developed into his first photographic work, inspiring his solar cluster photographs which were compiled into the series The Beauty of the World.
His second photographic series Guests followed in 1993. The series is a collection of portraits made using the pinhole camera technique. Bucklow begins by creating a life-sized silhouette drawing of the sitter on a sheet of aluminium foil, which he then covers in hundreds of pinholes before placing the aluminium on top of colour photographic paper and exposing it to the light. Bucklow continues to use the same process in his ongoing photographic series Tetrachs.
As well as his photographic work Bucklow continues to produce works in other mediums, such as video, painting and drawing and has published a number of books relating to his photograph practice as well as his art historical research. Bucklow’s work is held in numerous museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Museum of Fine Art, Boston and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
He currently lives and works in London.