Known and Strange Things Pass

Book coming early 2020


Known and Strange Things Pass will be published in early 2020 with an accompanying exhibition at Robert Morat Gallery in Berlin.

The MAST Foundation have just acquired 22 prints from Known and Strange Things Pass

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Known and Strange Things Pass is about the deep and complex entanglement of technology with contemporary life. It’s about the immediacy of touch and the commonplace miracle of action at a distance; the porosity of the boundaries that hold things apart, and the fragility of the bonds that lock them together . . . The ostensible subject of Known and Strange Things Pass is the transatlantic communications cables linking the UK and North America. But the cables are only one thread in a web of analogy that explores what it means to be in the world at the present moment.“

You can read the full essay here

There is a feature on Known and Strange Things Pass in the July Issue of the British Journal of Photography


There are works from Something like a Nest included in a show, curated by Isa Bonnet, in Arles this summer.

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Something like a Nest was shown recently in at Bunkier Sztuki Gallery, Krakow, as part of You Are What You Eat curated by Natasha Christia for Krakow Photomonth.


The exhibition Secret Rivers is currently on at the Museum of London. It includes treasures pulled from the mud, some great maps and this work from The Heath.

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The Museum of London acquired a complete set of prints from The Heath with assistance from The Art Fund.

The first exhibition of Known and Strange Things Pass at Lianzhou Foto, China

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Something like a Nest

Selected reviews

“A sustained visual meditation on the contemporary English countryside – a place defined by often conflicting social and economic interests, and our reluctantly surrendered received notions of the pastoral and the sublime.  Sewell makes us think more deeply about what the countryside means” The Guardian

“He doesn’t want to shatter our illusions, merely quieten them – to allow us to see the complexity of what’s before us.” Financial Times

“Portraits of the act of observation.”  British Journal of Photography

"A series of intensely concentrated impressions that reward and indeed encourage a slow, measured drinking-in." The Telegraph

“such is the assurance of Sewell’s vision and strength of narrative quality that. . . our perception roams freely, gradually absorbing the rich suggestiveness of the people, places and environments. . . a clever, multi-layered look at our idea of rural life, done with understatement and visual acuity.”a-n

“matured from a tradition focused on landscape towards photography as metaphor”. American Suburb X


The Heath

Selected reviews

“At seventy-five and with the world the way that it is, I sometimes come close to losing heart, but when I see work like this I’m back in the game. The Heath is a beautiful job. Honest about mixed evidence… open to both joy and sorrow.” Robert Adams

“a book of suggestion, a landscape of the imagination as well as a record of a real and familiar place. A classic of understated observation.” The Guardian

 "A stunning set of photographs… I urge you to support this emerging talent and order this book before it is acknowledged as a classic contribution to our photographic culture.” Martin Parr

“With a quiet, precise and sometimes playful eye Andy Sewell’s photographs negotiate this shared territory of the heath’s managed wilderness. While using his camera to frame the “still moments” a place like the heath can gift us, he never allows us to forget the human presence woven through the DNA of its existence.” Financial Times

“A series of photographs that have uncovered the subtle beauty of the terrain, as well as his personal maturity in photographic approach. The photographer’s intelligent portrayal of his subject isn’t for the casual viewer, but rather for those who appreciate the challenge of consuming the complexities a powerful narrative.”  Photoeye Magazine