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UK street and documentary photography
Candid (not staged) photos

Born in London, 1966. Street and documentary photographer based in Weymouth, UK. All photos are candid (not posed/set up).

My work has been collected by the Museum of London, and I am one of 46 international photographers profiled in 2010's Thames & Hudson book, Street Photography Now.

Artist's statement - mapping the psychogeographic landscape
I'm interested in depicting how human behaviour is affected by our environment, where the environment is both biotic and abiotic. I think of my photography as a study of human natural history and ecology, and my approach has been informed by my academic studies of other (non-human) animals.

We enjoy traditional nature documentaries, and birdwatchers will often spend hours waiting for a small nondescript brown bird to leave its nest, for example, but we rarely stop to examine and consider our own everyday behaviour in such detail.

Street photography. Britain's leading cartographer of the psychogeographic landscape.


Books (with others)

Street Photography Now 10 years of In-Public London Street Photography 1860-2010

100 Great Street Photographs. David Gibson. Street Photography: A History in 100 Iconic Images. David Gibson.

(1) I am one of 46 photographers profiled in 2010's Thames & Hudson book Street Photography Now. Other photographers featured include Bruce Gilden, Martin Parr, Alex Webb, Raghu Rai, Joel Meyerowitz, Maciej Dakowicz and Mark Alor Powell.

(2) 10 - 10 Years of In-Public. Nick Turpin Publishing, 2010.

(3) London Street Photography 1860-2010 (Museum of London) Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2011.

(4) 100 Great Street Photographs. David Gibson. Prestel Publishing, 2017.

(5) Street Photography: A History in 100 Iconic Images. David Gibson. Prestel Publishing, 2019.

Selected group shows
- 2018
4 October to November 2018, True Color exhibition, Maison des Cultures et de la Cohésion Sociale de Molenbeek, Brussels.

- 2017
12 to 25 October 2017, Art on a Postcard, theprintspace gallery, London.
I am one of the featured photographers, alongside Martin Parr, Wolfgang Tillmans, Cristina De Middel, Tom Hunter, Simon Norfolk and Homer Sykes.

- 2016
October 2016, Brussels Street Photography Festival, Guests Exhibition

13 to 26 June 2016, RIBA Sussex presents: Space Invaders: An Exhibition Exploring How We Interact With Architecture, Brighton Library.

- 2015
October 2015, In-Public slideshow, Cine Tonalá, Foto Mexico festival, Mexico City.

- 2014
December 2013 to January 2014: Brugge Foto 13. Street Photography Now show, Bruges, Belgium.

- 2013
December 2013: Miami Street Photography Festival. In-Public group show, Miami, USA.

May to June 2013: In-Public in Stockholm, Snickarbacken 7, Stockholm.

February to March 2013: In-Public group show, Thailand Creative & Design Center, Bangkok. Promoted by TCDC and the British Council.

- 2012
July 2012 to December 2012: London Street Photography, the Museum of the City of New York, USA (timed to coincide with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games).

October 2012: In-Public group show, International Photography Festival #2, Tel Aviv, Israel.

- 2011
November 2011 to January 2012: Street Photography Now exhibition, Fundacja.DOC, Warsaw.

December 2010 to January 2011: Street Photography Now exhibition, CONTRIBUTED Studio for the Arts, Berlin.

October 2011: From Distant Streets, Galerie Hertz, Louisville, KY, USA.

February to September 2011: London Street Photography exhibition, Museum of London (125 000 visitors)

From the annual report: "The London Street Photography exhibition was a great success for the Museum this year, and we acquired 17 photographs to build on our collection of historic street photography. These acquisitions added the work of a new generation, particularly those associated with ‘In-Public’, a recognised collective of photographers with a dedicated approach to the genre. The acquisitions - including work by Stephen McLaren, Paul Russell and Polly Braden - represent the renaissance in the field, currently thriving in London."

March to April 2011: In-Public show, Format Photography Festival, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, UK.

April to September 2011: Landscape and Industry, Lighthouse Arts Centre, Poole, UK.

July 2011: London Street Photography Festival, Street Photography Now exhibition, London.

- 2010
October to November 2010: Street Photography Now exhibition, Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff.

May to July 2010: In-Public group show, Photofusion, London.

Street photography. Britain's leading cartographer of the psychogeographic landscape.

Solo shows
October 2010: Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.

July to September 2010: 24 London and seaside prints, Housmans radical bookshop, London.

September 2007: "Beside the Sea" (36 prints), Clotworthy Arts Centre, Antrim, Northern Ireland.

February to March 2007: "Beside the Sea" (35 prints), South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, UK.

September to October 2006: "Beside the Sea" (35 prints), Gallery 435, Slough, UK.

Street photography. Britain's leading cartographer of the psychogeographic landscape.

Articles online
When man meets beast at a country show. BBC News in Pictures article about my country show series
"street photographer Paul Russell whose eye for a humorous moment is as keen as any you will find"

Paul Russell: What was he thinking. Interview with Blake Andrews

Burn magazine. Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey's edit of my seaside series from 2009

Nein, nein, nein – ja! Kwerfeldein magazine - article and photos about my work [in German]

Up close with the candidates in Eastleigh. BBC News in Pictures article about a few days I spent at a by-election

Siam Street Nerds Long interview in Thai. English translation here!

Newspapers, magazines
My photos have appeared in De Zeit, The Guardian Weekend magazine, the Independent on Sunday, The Big Issue (Australia), The Mail on Sunday, Digifoto Pro Magazine, AP magazine and Neon magazine.

Mobile: 07563 926 186

Street photography. Britain's leading cartographer of the psychogeographic landscape.