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On display at V&A South Kensington
Request to view at the Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C , Case MB2H, Shelf DR9, Box PHOTO

Photograph

June 2008
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

David Spero is a British photographer known for his quietly contemplative enquiries into overlooked communities and the appropriation of space.

For Settlements, Spero spent 10 years documenting communities that aim to live with minimal impact on the environment. The series focusses on self-built dwellings, featuring structures erected in line with their residents’ ecologically sustainable, land-based living. These communities are almost entirely self-sufficient; they use recycled building materials, renewable energy sources and grow their own food. This body of work follows four low-impact communities: Tinker’s Bubble and King’s Hill in Somerset, Brithdir Mawr in Pembrokeshire, and Steward Woodland in Dartmoor. Each is home to between 10 and 20 residents who value close proximity to nature and a visceral connection with the land they inhabit. These photographs are a sensitive record of how these communities live, surrounded by lush green settings in dense forest that suggest an almost fairytale-like quality.

Spero graduated from his studies at the Royal College of Art in 1993. Since then, he has made many celebrated photographic series, including Settlements, Churches and Ball Photographs. Spero’s work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Northern Photography Centre, Finland, the National Media Museum, Bradford, and The Photographers’ Gallery, London. He was awarded the Photoworks Fellowship at the British School in Rome in 2009. He has also been the recipient of the British Council Award and the Kyoto Exchange Award. A monograph of his series Churches was published in 2007 and of the series Settlements in 2017.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
C Type Print
Brief Description
Colour photograph by David Spero from the series 'Settlements', 2004-15
Physical Description
Photograph depicts a large two storey canvas covered house in the centre of the picture surrounded by woodlands. In the right hand corner of the photograph some logs and building materials can be seen, and a path that leads to an undercovered open area. On the first level of the house are latticed glass doors and a timber varandah that can be seen to wrap around two sides of the house with pot plants and hanging plants. A chimney can be seen exiting the roof, and a solar panel on the roof. Foxgloves amd ferns, amongst other plants, can be seen in the garden in the foreground of the photograph.
Dimensions
  • Height: 10in
  • Width: 12in
Style
Credit line
Purchase funded by the Photographs Acquisition Group
Summary
David Spero is a British photographer known for his quietly contemplative enquiries into overlooked communities and the appropriation of space.



For Settlements, Spero spent 10 years documenting communities that aim to live with minimal impact on the environment. The series focusses on self-built dwellings, featuring structures erected in line with their residents’ ecologically sustainable, land-based living. These communities are almost entirely self-sufficient; they use recycled building materials, renewable energy sources and grow their own food. This body of work follows four low-impact communities: Tinker’s Bubble and King’s Hill in Somerset, Brithdir Mawr in Pembrokeshire, and Steward Woodland in Dartmoor. Each is home to between 10 and 20 residents who value close proximity to nature and a visceral connection with the land they inhabit. These photographs are a sensitive record of how these communities live, surrounded by lush green settings in dense forest that suggest an almost fairytale-like quality.



Spero graduated from his studies at the Royal College of Art in 1993. Since then, he has made many celebrated photographic series, including Settlements, Churches and Ball Photographs. Spero’s work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Northern Photography Centre, Finland, the National Media Museum, Bradford, and The Photographers’ Gallery, London. He was awarded the Photoworks Fellowship at the British School in Rome in 2009. He has also been the recipient of the British Council Award and the Kyoto Exchange Award. A monograph of his series Churches was published in 2007 and of the series Settlements in 2017.
Bibliographic Reference
Settlements by David Spero, published 2017Book dummy for the monograph titled 'Settlements' was acquired as part of this purchase.
Collection
Accession Number
E.269-2017

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