Polly Penrose | A Body of Work

Her pictures focus less on sexuality & female allure, but retain the awkward, often beguiling force of the body as an object, pushed into a space, forced into a position whilst feigning a sense of normality & control.

By Balthazar Malevolent

Polly Penrose | A Body of Work

Polly Penrose studied Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts in London. She went on to work in Fashion Styling & after that worked for the photographer Tim Walker. She has always taken photographs, but started to take the practice seriously when she entered & won a competition held by the London Photographic Association in 2008. She held her first solo show, ‘A Body of Work’, at the Downstairs at Mother Gallery, London, in May 2014, & was part of a group show, Dear Sylvia, at the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney, March 2015, & her second solo show “10 Seconds” at The Hoxton Gallery, London, May 2016. She was short listed for the D&AD, Next photographer award in 2015. Her work has featured on Dazed Digital, The British Journal of Photography, The Huffington Post, Hunger TV, Feature Shoot, The Guardian, Stern & Another.

Penrose has been taking spontaneous self-portraits on a ten-second timer for over a decade. She explores identity & the opposed notions of vulnerability & empowerment, comedy & tragedy.

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