Born in 1963
Lives in London
Biography: David Spero (b.1963, London) graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1993 and since then has developed a number of highly distinctive bodies of work that distil various traditions and approaches, from photojournalism to photo-sculpture, into a rich, multi-faceted practice.
David’s work, overall, maintains a quiet and contemplative enquiry, whether revealing the structures and lifestyles of ecological communities in his Settlements series, or while making us look again at the most prosaic urban architecture appropriated for places of worship, as carefully documented in his work Churches. But perhaps the work that most reveals his reflective intelligence are the pictures he calls his Ball Photographs, interiors bathed in warm natural light that are spatially transformed by the placement of coloured balls, and more recently by connecting wooden strips and lines of magnetic tape.
He has had several solo exhibitions New Art Gallery, Walsall (2006) and the Photographers’ Gallery, (2005) and was included in the group show How We are: Photographing Britain, Tate Britain, London (2007). His work is in numerous collections, including the V&A and the British Council. In 2009 he was awarded the first Photoworks Fellowship at the British School at Rome. He has a forthcoming solo exhibition at the National Media Museum, Bradford in 2011.