Alan Hunter’s photographic mission began in the early eighties in his native northeast. Here he fine-tuned his black and white and zone system techniques, as foundations for his later recognition as a leading monochrome artist.
The period saw Alan develop a gritty documentary approach to his subject, typically involving people and their environment. Acutely aware of the effect of the post-industrial era on Tyneside, Alan’s first exhibition, recorded in gritty detail, on Tri-X remains a poignant and evocative echo of a bygone era.
A move to the south coast and opening of his first studio saw Alan integrating studio portraiture, advertising and other commercial commissions into his work. In addition Alan covered weddings in exclusive venues around the country, the capital and Europe.
A fine nude study, one of a new series exploring the intricate effects of studio lighting resulted in Alan being awarded the ILFORD-sponsored black and white Master Photographer of the Year in 1999.
That same highly productive year Alan returned to Documentary with the production of a major exhibition in monochrome featuring fishermen and other workers in Goa, India. Limited edition fine art GeClee prints from this series are available for purchase here on the website.
2000’s – Present
With numerous major commercial accounts to his credit, Alan constantly refreshes his approach to give his clients the special bespoke imagery they deserve to sell their brand. Alan’s current focus is on providing stylish, creative work for the food and packaging industry, where his creative talents are much sought after. Clients requiring something visually special for their products, services or ideas, be it brochure, web or print advertising need look no further.
A series of lighting workshops reflecting his four year experience representing the world-leading lighting brand Broncolor is also currently being planned and Alan has also recently been invited back to work as a visiting tutor in Photography at The Arts University College Bournemouth (AUCB).
The aforementioned Workshops will deal in detail with understanding and harnessing light for maximum photo-visual advantage, paramount for students seriously interested in developing technique. All details will be posted on the blog.