Posted Nov 25, 2011
I'm a big fan of Maja Daniels work, particularly her series Into Oblivion, so I was very flattered when she posted my project, The Prospect of Immortality, on the Feature Shoot blog. Check out the full post here.
Posted Nov 5, 2011
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Posted Sep 18, 2011
Posted Aug 15, 2011
Click here to read Kate Abbott's interview with me about 'my best shot' for The Guardian.
Posted Aug 13, 2011
I'm a big fan of WIRED magazine, so I'm absolutely delighted to have photographs from my project, The Prospect of Immortality, featured in the current issue 09.11. You can see a selection of the photographs online here.
Posted Jul 27, 2011
Rob Hastings interviewed me for the British Journal of Photography's Talent Issue, so it was great to work with him again on this article for The Independent. Read it here.
Posted Jul 14, 2011
It's an honour to be selected for the BJP's Talent Issue.
Posted Jul 13, 2011
I will be giving a talk about my exhibition, The Prospect of Immortality, at Impressions Gallery, Bradford this Saturday 16th July from 2pm to 3pm. If you're in the area please come along, you can book your place on the Impressions Gallery website here.
Posted Jun 29, 2011
Posted Jun 20, 2011
I was pleased to see a little write up on my exhibiton at Impressions Gallery in the The Guardian Guide this weekend:
"Murray Ballard's The Prospect Of Immortality is the outcome of five years of photographic investigation into the cryonics industry, the technique of deep-freezing a human corpse in the belief or hope that future scientific advances might enable it to be brought back to life. The complex ethical issues involved here are simply demonstrated by the fact that the 200 corpses currently "permanently" stored in liquid nitrogen are referred to in the trade as "patients". Ballard takes no moral angle on this attempt to beat the age-old fact of mortality; instead he affords his subject something of the clinical aura of a modern-day alchemical laboratory as towers of icy steam emerge ghostily from grids of metal piping." Robert Clark
Posted Jun 15, 2011
This interview accompanies my debut solo show, 'The Prospect of Immortality', at Impressions Gallery, Bradford.
IG: Which artists/photographers do you particularly respect?
Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin - Rene Vallejo Psychiatric Hospital, Cuba, C-type print, 16 x 12 inches, 2003
MB: Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Julian Germain, Jim Goldberg, Rob Hornstra, Simon Norfolk, Mark Power, Alec Soth… I could write a very long list. I guess I’m drawn to work routed in the documentary genre, but the sort made primarily for books and the gallery wall. What I really respect about these photographers is that they’ve all got established careers, but continually develop and experiment from project to project. When I began The Prospect of Immortality my approach was heavily inspired by Broomberg and Chanarin’s early work, Ghetto and Mr. Mkhize, and you look at what they’re doing now and it’s very different - it’s a massive progression and I’m fascinated to see what they come up with next.
I’m also impressed by the amount of work some of these photographers produce - someone like Rob Hornstra just doesn’t seem to stop! I respect that commitment and drive. He’s also come up with some fantastic ideas on how to fund the production of new work and how to put it out in the world.
I like the idea of having a career not dissimilar to someone like Julian Germain. He works in such a variety of ways: his projects range from personal work like For every minute you are angry... - his intimate portrait of an elderly widowed gentlemen living in a small terraced house in Portsmouth, which is probably my all time favourite photobook - to his collaborations with Brazilian street children and his work with found photographs as one of the editors of the magazine ‘Useful Photography’.
Posted Jun 10, 2011
I'm delighted to announce that The Prospect of Immortality has been featured in issue #14 of SeeSaw Magazine.
Posted May 28, 2011
The first piece of press for my forthcoming exhibition at Impressions Gallery, Bradford. More here.
If you can, please join me for the opening reception on Saturday 11th June from 2pm.
Posted Mar 1, 2011
I'm excited to announce the first full exhibition of my project The Prospect of Immortality at Impressions Gallery, Bradford opening on Saturday 11th June.
I'll also be doing an artist talk and portfolio reviews - stay tuned for details.