Information

I am a British documentary photographer and filmmaker. My work is socially engaged and focuses on my interests in identity and belonging, sport, migration and youth issues. I have over ten years’ China experience and am particularly interested in shared connections between China and the UK.

I am currently based in Shanghai working on projects related to Chinese football.

Contact

 info@gemmathorpe.com
+86 183 0193 9270 (China)
@gemma_thorpe

Selected Work

  • En la Sangre, film screening at The Archivist Gallery, London 2017 and The Poly Arts Centre, Falmouth, 2018
  • Near and Far, exhibition of portraits from Chinese Life in Sheffield at Look17, Liverpool International Photo Festival, 2017
  • Football Stories, book and exhibition at Sheffield Winter Garden, 2016
  • The Living Archive, Archive Sheffield group exhibition, Charles St, Sheffield 2016
  • Portrait Salon group exhibition, The Embassy Tea Gallery, London, 2015, The Reminders Photography Stronghold Gallery, Tokyo, 2016
  • ‘Home is’ exhibition at Sheffield Central Library, 2015
  • Chinese Life in Sheffield, exhibition at Sheffield Cathedral, 2015
  • The City as Bricolage, publication with Sheffield Archives and Archive Sheffield, funded by Arts Council of England, 2015
  • Photographic illustrations in All that is Solid, Danny Dorling, Allen Lane/Penguin, 2014
  • British Council commission, London Festival of Architecture, 2014
  • Salford Media Festival, screening of A Break in the Clouds film, 2013
  • The Youzi Project exhibition at Guizhou International Photography Festival, China, 2013
  • The Youzi Project exhibition at The University of Sheffield, 2012
  • The Homeless Film Festival UK, solo exhibition, Manchester, 2012
  • BlowUp! Angkor Street Intervention, Angkor Watt Photo Festival, Cambodia, 2011
  • Photomonth group exhibition, East London Festival of Photography, 2011
  • Look11 group exhibition, International Festival of Photography, Liverpool, 2011
  • Transition, solo exhibition at Walsall New Art Gallery, 2011
  • Intimate China group exhibition, AM Gallery, Brighton, 2011
  • Esquire magazine (Russian edition), 2010
  • Missouri Photo Workshop Scholarship, USA, 2009
  • Deutsches Architektur Annual, photographic illustrations from Beijing Olympic Games site, Frankfurt, 2008
  • Pingyao International Photo Festival group exhibition, China, 2008
  • Watercube: The Book, photographic illustrations from Beijing Olympic Games site, Actar D Barcelona, 2008
  • Index On Censorship magazine, photographic contributor 2007-2008
  • Inner Mongolia group exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, 2007

Links

Vimeo 

游子 The Youzi Project

 

Education

  • Chinese Language Programme, Chengdu, China (scholarship from the Great Britain China Centre), 2012
  • MA International Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, Dalian Image Art College, China, 2007
  • HND Photography, Leeds College of Art and Design
  • BA Geography, The University of Sheffield