“Mark Neville has re-imagined what documentary photography could be, should be. Instead of the bland ‘deconstructions’ that pass so lazily as ‘critical’ in contemporary art, he makes extraordinary pictures and finds extraordinary ways to get them back to those he has photographed.”

David Campany

Mark Neville works at the intersection of art and documentary, investigating the social function of photography. He makes lens-based works which have been realised and disseminated in a large array of contexts, as both still and moving image pieces, slideshows, films, and giveaway books. His work has consistently looked to subvert the traditional role of social documentary practice, seeking to find new ways to empower the position of its subject over that of the author. Often working with closely knit communities, in a collaborative process intended to be of direct, practical benefit to the subject, his photographic projects to date have frequently made the towns he portrays the primary audience for the work. Points of reference for his practice might include the ideas of Henri Lefebvre, or the art works of Martha Rosler, John Berger, or Hans Haacke.


Lives and works in London

Solo Shows

May 2019, ‘Parade’, GwinZegal Centre of Art, France

December 2018, ‘Here Is London’, Lianzhou Photo Festival 2018, Guangzhou, China

September 2018, ‘Child’s Play and other stories’, Singapore Arts House, Singapore, as part of the Singapore International Photography Festival 2018

March 2018, ‘Battle Against Stigma’, QUAD Museum in Derby

April 2017, 'London/Pittsburgh' The Multimedia Art Museum of Moscow, Russia

March 2017, 'Displaced Ukrainians', Centre for Eastern European and International Studies, Berlin

February 2017, 'Child's Play', The Foundling Museum, London

November 2015, 'SWITCH film installation', Nenagh, Tipperary, Ireland

July 2015, 'London/Pittsburgh' The Silver Eye Centre, Pittsburgh USA

December 2014, ' Art as Social Document', London School of Economics, London

November 2014, 'London/Pittsburgh' The Alan Cristea Gallery, London

July 2014, 'IWM Contemporary: Mark Neville' The Imperial War Museum, London

July 2013 'Deeds Not Words' The Photographers' Gallery, London

June 2010, 'Selected Films', Kunsthaus Essen, Germany

March 2010, 'The Jump Films Installation', Reg Vardy Gallery, UK

May 2008, 'Fancy Pictures', Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, Scotland, UK

Nov 2006, 'Port Glasgow Book Project', Holden Gallery, Manchester, UK

Aug 2006, 'Port Glasgow Book Project', Dick Institute, Kilmarnock, UK

May 2006, 'Animal Architecture', Hunterian Museum Glasgow, Scotland, UK

April 2006, 'The Jump Films Installation', Street Level Gallery Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Group Shows

September 2018, ‘Criminal Ornamentation’ curated by Yinka Shonibare, touring UK

June 2018, ‘The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Art Prize 2018 finalists: Kate Groobey, Keith Milow and Mark Neville’, the Daiwa Foundation, London

June 2017, 'At the Still Point of the Turning World', Fotomusuem Antwerp

March 2017, 'War Paint', The National Army Museum

June 2016, The Royal Academy Summer Show, London

June 2016, 'British Subjects', Gwinzegal Art Centre, France

Feb 2016, 'The Portrait in Contemporary Photography', SK Kultur, Koln

July 2015, The Royal Academy Summer Show, London

May 2015, 'Work, Rest and Play', touring venues in China, OCT LOFT in Shenzhen, and Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum

April 2014, 'Conflict: Art and War', The  Contemporary Art Society, London

April 2014, 'From Downs to Sea', Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

Sept 2013 'Catalyst: Contemporary Art and War' The Imperial War Museum, North

Sept 2013 'Still/Life' Tyntesfield. Works from the Arts Council Collection

June 2012, 'Factory Direct', The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, USA

2010-2012, 'Now Showing 2', Recent film work acquisitions from the Arts Council Collection, touring the UK

Sept 2011, 'The World We Live In', Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, UK

Dec 2010, 'Another Face', Hatton Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

March 2010, 'The Gathering', Longside Gallery, Yorkshire, UK

Oct 2010, 'Luc Tuymans: A Vision of Central Europe' Brugge Central, Belgium

Oct 2009, 'Running Time: Artists Film in Scotland' Dean Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

June 2009, 'Just Around the Corner', La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain

2008-2009, 'Parrworld', Haus Der Kunst, Baltic and Jeu de Paume, Germany, UK, France

May 2008, 'Intermezzo', Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland

Oct 2006, 'The Moth and the Lamp', Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland

March 2006, 'Local Stories', Modern Art Oxford, UK

Feb 2006, 'What makes you and I different', Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Dec 2004, 'A Century of Artists' Film in Britain', Tate Britain, London, UK

2004/2005, Publication and distribution of the book 'Port Glasgow'


Rijksacademie, Amsterdam, Postgraduate Studies

Goldsmiths' College, London, M.A. Fine Arts

Reading University, Berkshire, B.A.Fine Arts

Recent Talks/Presentations

London School of Economics and Political Science, Harvard University, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Kunsthalle Bern, Cornerhouse Manchester, University of Westminster, London, Tramway Glasgow, Newport College University of Wales, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway, London College of Communications

Recent Awards

2015 Nominated for The Infinity Award for Fine Art

2013 Nominated by The New York Times for The Pulitzer Prize

2012 Recipient of The Wellcome Trust Large Arts Award



Arts Council of England, Kunstmuseum Bern, Flemish Community Collection, National Galleries of Scotland, Scottish Parliament, Martin Parr, David Roberts, and other private collections.

Recent Texts, Reviews and Interview

Emilia Terracciano, Battle Against Stigma book review, Photomonitor.co.uk, October 2015

Mark Neville, Battling Stigma, The Independent New Review, 24/5/2015

Sarah James, Brecht: Redux, Art Monthly, February 2015

Curt Riegelnegg, London/Pittsburgh exhibition review, Art Monthly, February 2015

Betty Wood, London/Pittsburgh: Shooting Social Divides, Port Magazine, December 2014

Mark Neville, A Stark Divide in Pittsburgh, The International New York Times, 27/11/14

Skye Sherwin, London/Pittsburgh exhibition review, The Guardian, 22/11/14

Gillian Orr, Mark Neville: A growing disparity between the haves and the have-nots, The Independent, 23/11/14

Suzanne Zhang, Mark Neville: London/Pittsburgh, Rooms Magazine, Issue 15, Winter 2014 

Aminatta Forna, London/Pittsburgh catalogue essay, November 2014

Melanie Vandenbrouck, 'Mark Neville’s Helmand Work at the IWM London', Apollo Art Magazine, 13/8/14

Abigail Radnor, 'Picture of the Week: The Woodland Hills High School Prom', The Guardian, 9/8/14

BBC Radio 4, 'Mark Neville at The Imperial War Museum', Saturday Review BBC Radio 4, 26/7/14

Mark Neville, 'Bullets at Dawn; How I survived two months in Afghanistan', The Guardian, 16/7/14

Mark Neville, 'Bringing War Home', BBC2 Newsnight TV, 15/7/2014

Stephen Moss, The Imperial War Museum, The Guardian, 10/7/14

Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, ‘The Photobook: A History Vol.3’, Phaidon, 2014

Gemma Padley, ‘Cool and Noteworthy’, British Journal of Photography, Dec 2013              

Katie Razzall, Channel 4 News 7pm, 'Deeds Not Words', September 7th 2013

David Campany Interview with Mark Neville, Hotshoe International, June 2013

Diane Smyth, 'Cool and Noteworthy', British Journal of Photography - Dec 2012

Liz Adams, 'An Outsider Looking In', Amc2 Journal, Issue 2, by Archive of Modern Conflict, 2012

Daniel Jewesbury, 'Deeds Not Words', Source, Winter 2011

Jonathan Griffin, Now Showing 2, Arts Council Collection Exhibition Text, 2010

Sara Stevenson and Duncan Forbes, A Companion Guide to Photography in the National

Galleries of Scotland, NGS 2009

David Brittain, Interview, Source, Winter 2009

Bain, Alice, 'Mount Stuart', Map, Autumn 2008

Vincent, Martin, 'Fancy Pictures', Art Monthly, July 2008

Cooper, Neil, 'Fancy Pictures', The List, July 2008

Bruce, Keith, 'Soviet Fantasy', The Herald, 19/5/2008

Vincent, Martin, 'Workers of the World', Metro, 15/5/08

Mansfield, Susan, 'Goats in the Drawing Room', Scotsman 9/5/08

Daly, Marie-Claire, 'Port Glasgow Book Project', Metro, 11/12/06

Bannerman, Lucy, 'Artists Photos', The Herald, 29/11/04

Nairne, Andrew, 'Local Stories', catalogue, published 2006, Modern Art Oxford

McDermott, Leon,'Animal Architecture', Metro, 2/5/06

Mansfield, Susan, 'Flourishing Festival', Scotsman, 10/05/06

Jeffrey, Moira, 'Throwing Himself Into It', The Herald, 9/05/06

Jeffrey, Moira, 'What Makes You and I Different', The Herald, 24/2/06

Campany, David, 'Deep Surfaces; Mark Neville', Street Level Press Release, 1/4/06

Nicoll, Janie, 'The Jump Films', Artists Newsletter, July 2006

Withers, Rachel, 'Pavel Buchler, Kunsthalle Bern', Artforum, January 2007

Miller, Mitchell, 'Port Glasgow', NY Arts, May 2006

Miller, Mitchell, 'Dialect', Drouth, Spring 2006

Vincent, Martin,'Port Glasgow Book Project', Frieze, October 2006

Wilson, Lorraine, 'What Makes You and I Different', catalogue, published 2006 by Tramway

McLaren, Duncan, 'Off the Map', Map, Summer 2006

Steeds, Lucy, 'Local Stories', Art Monthly, April 2006

Neville, Mark, 'The Port Glasgow Book Project', Source , Summer 2006

Neville, Mark, 'Three Ways to Make A Book', Witness Number 3, published by Nazraeli Press, Winter 2007,edited by Martin Parr

Neville, Mark, 'Dialect', Drouth, Spring 2006,

Neville, Mark, 'Fancy Pictures', Mount Stuart Press Release, May 2008

Neville, Mark, BBC Radio Scotland Interview, 'The Art Show', 2/12/04