LOVE ME, Zed Nelson’s second book and exhibition series, reflects on the cultural and commercial forces that drive a global obsession with youth and beauty. The work was nominated for the 2011 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.
Nelson's seminal first book GUN NATION - a disturbing reflection on America's deadly love affair with the gun – was awarded five major international photography prizes including First Prize in World Press Photo.
Zed Nelson lives in London and studied Photography at Westminster University. He divides his time between long-term personal projects and editorial assignments.
Nelson’s seminal first book, Gun Nation, was a disturbing reflection on America’s deadly love affair with the gun. Gun Nation was awarded five major international photography prizes and published worldwide.
Nelson’s recent second book, Love Me, explores how a new form of globalization is taking place, where an increasingly narrow Western beauty ideal is being exported around the world like a crude universal brand. Love Me won several awards, and was nominated for the 2011 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.
Nelson’s South Sudan – Birth of a Nation, was recently nominated for the Prix Pictet 2012.
Nelson’s previous awards include the Visa d’Or, France; First Prize in World Press Photo Competition; and the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award, USA.
Nelson’s work has been exhibited at Tate Britain, the ICA and the National Portrait Gallery, and is in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum. Nelson has had solo shows in London, Stockholm, Copenhagen and New York.
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