Anthony Reed 

Anthony Reed is an English born photographer and filmmaker who works and lives in Shanghai.

His practice broadly explores the subjective interpretation of the built environment and the rapid processes of change in China. In his artworks we sense the city's dense urban fabric. Tightly packed apartment blocks, recently demolished lots,  abandoned interiors, isolated individuals, towering neon clad skyscrapers. All combine to reveal the cities’ multifaceted nature. People are transforming the world but also simultaneously being transformed by it. Reed enjoys to present the transformation of ‘the physical matter’ through time, and also the never-changing intangible loneliness and solitude that is attached to the people in the great metropolises.

For him, cities are where lonely people stay crowded together. He captures this contrast in his pictures and explores abstract emotions with figurative imagery.

Walking like the ‘Long March’ is his usual methodology, as it takes him to the clearest state of mind. Searching without a destination with a camera is his own therapeutic way of photographic practice. The world is a thriving, promising, and sometimes depressing place.  Photography is his optical meditation and reaction mechanism to deal with the world in the vortex of turbulence. With millions of people living in one place, the extensive walking, exploration and documenting is a way of recording these multiple facades of the world in drastic transition, no matter if it is progressing or regressing, as they carve marks in history, the imagery represents slices of moments of the collective memories.


2021 - Group Show, Portraying The City • Interpretation, Xie Zilong Museum, Changsha, China

2015 - Solo Show, Concrete Reflections, Ooh La Art Gallery, Shanghai, China

2015 - Group Show, Moving Studios, How Art Museum, Wenzhou, China

2014 - Solo Show, Les Villes Invisibles, Fes, Morroco

2014 - Group Show, The Temporary, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, UK

2014 - Group Show, The Temporary, Article Gallery, Birmingham, UK

2013 - Solo Show, In Between, ONE Gallery, Shanghai, China

2005 - Group Show, Unicorn Vision Gallery, Area 798,  Beijing, China







2015 Concrete Reflection, 个展,Ooh La 画廊,上海

2015 Moving Studio, 群展,昊美术馆,温州

2014 Les Villes Invisibles, 个展,非斯,摩洛哥

2014 The Temporary, 群展,华人当代艺术中心,曼彻斯特

2014 The Temporary, 群展,Article Gallery, 伯明翰

2013 In Between, 个展,ONE Gallery, 上海

2012 上海双年展城市馆,上海当代艺术博物馆,上海

2005 独角兽画廊群展,798艺术区,北京

Instagram: @anthonyreedphoto