Biography

“Nick is an observer par excellence. With an underlying, yet gently satirical sense of humour, his documentary photography is as carefully considered as he is as a person. His portraits are wonderfully to the point, allowing his subjects to flourish in his frame, whilst his landscapes convey a poetic and timeless sense of space. He never strays far from his very own visual language, making it a recurring joy to discover what he next has in store for us.”
Petek Sketcher, Art Buyer

 (b.1976), based in UK. 

Nick Ballon is a documentary and portrait photographer based in the UK, whose Anglo-Bolivian heritage is an important source of subject matter and inspiration in his work, exploring socio-historical ideas of identity and place, the concept of ‘foreignness’ and belonging.

He graduated with a BA (hons) from Berkshire School of art and design in 2001, and since then has worked editorially for a number of respected international publications, including the Sunday Times Magazine, The Guardian Magazine, the Financial Times, the New York Times, El Pais and Der Spiegel. 

His work has been exhibited internationally including at Rencontres d’Arles, Beijing Triennial, Guernsey Photography Festival, KK Outlet, Wellcome Trust, and NCM/Foyle Foundation. For multiple years, he has been selected winner under different categories of the Creative Review Photography Annual, and received an honourable mention for the Photographic Museum of Humanity grant.

In 2013 he self-published his first book Ezekiel 36:36 which looked at the curious and precarious existence of Bolivia’s national airline, which received much critical acclaim and was one of TIME’s best photo-books of 2013. His second book ‘The Bitter Sea’ will look at land-locked Bolivia’s painful longing to reclaim back its sea lost in a war to Chile over 129 years ago, and will be published by Trolley Books.

Select Clients

Vogue, Germany
New York Times
Port
Avaunt
Der Spiegel
Intelligent Life
Guardian Weekend
Independent on Sunday
FT Weekend
Sunday Times Magazine
Monocle
Royal Academy
Apollo Magazine
Tatler
Sotheby's Magazine
Christies Magazine
El Pais
 
Mother 
Adam & Eve DDB 
BBH
Langlands
M&C Saatchi 
 
Barclays
Audi 
McLaren
Ikea

Publications

2013 Ezekiel 36:36 - self published

 

Exhibitions

2015
NCM/Foyle Foundation Commissions - The Bitter Sea
2014
M&CSaatchi, College des Bernardins, Paris - Together We Go Further
2014
Guernsey Photography Festival - Faith Family Community
2014
CAF, La Paz, Bolivia - Long Night of Museums
2014
Victor Hunt Gallery, Brussels, Belgium - Pierre and The Almond Tree
2014
Four Corners Gallery - A Year In Development
2014
Lens Culture Exposure Awards - London College of Communication
2014
Fuse Art Space, Bradford - Portrait Salon (group show)
2014
Strand Gallery - Terry O’Neill (group show)
2013
Phoenix Gallery - Brighton Photo Fringe (group show)
2013
KK Outlet (solo show) - Ezekiel 36:36
2013
Les Rencontres d’Arles projection - Guardian Night of the Year
2013
Maison de l’Amandier, St Remy, France - Pierre and the Almond Tree
2013
Four Corners Gallery - A Year In Development
2012
THE FENCE NYC - Viva Las Luchadoras!
2011
Beijing Triennial - National Museum of China - The Other Volcano - NBH
2011
Mother London (solo show) - Viva Las Luchadoras!
2011
Bolivian Embassy (solo show) - Viva Las Luchadoras!
2011
Foto8 - Summer Show - Viva Las Luchadoras! & The Other Volcano
2010
WHAT IF…Welcome Trust Windows - The Other Volcano by NBH
2009
Crane Kalman Gallery - Group Show
2007
Haywood Sunset Pavilion Projections of Slovenian Spacerockers

Awards

2016
CR Photography Annual - editorial
2015
CR Photography Annual - two projects accepted
2015
Prix Pictet nomination 'Disorder' (The Cold Road)
2014
CR Photography Annual - Best In Book (Ezekiel 36:36)
2014
JGS Photography Contest - Runner up (The Bitter Sea)
2014
Arles Photo Festival, book show - Ezekiel 36:36
2014
PDN Photo Annual Finalist - Virtue of Wrestling
2014
Lens Culture Awards Finalist
2013
Terry O'Neill Awards Finalist - Ezekiel 36:36
2013
TIME - best photobooks of 2013 - Ezekiel 36:36
2013
Portrait Salon - Ezekiel 36:36 & Virtue of Wrestling
2013
Winner OPEN13 Brighton Photo Fringe (Ezekiel 36:36)
2013
Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize - 2nd round
2013
Photographic Museum of Humanity Grant - Honourable mention
2012
Portrait Salon ’12 - Daphne Selfe
2012
Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize - 2nd round
2012
Winner PDN Photo Annual
2011
Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize - 2nd round
2011
Foto8 Summer Show
2009
CR Photography Annual - editorial & personnel projects
2009
Foto8 Summer Best In Show, Runner up - judges prize
2008
CR Photography Annual - Best In Book
2008
Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize - 2nd round
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