Edward Thompson

About the Artist

A respected British documentary photographer, his work has focused on various subjects over the years – from covering environmental issues, socio-political movements, subcultures and the consequences of war. In his work he often tries to be as intimate with a group as possible, to empathise with them and try to see what they saw in themselves. But there are limits to our sight; a documentary photographer can only photograph what they can see.

In 2010, while researching ways of documenting the haunted village of Pluckley in Kent, he stumbled upon articles claiming that ghosts could be revealed with infrared photography. Under normal conditions we see a visible wavelength of light between 400-700 nanometers and that’s the range of light most cameras record.

After some research he found that Infrared film with the correct filtration can reveal light between 750-1000 nanometers, it allows the invisible to be photographed.

In his book The Unseen: An Atlas of Infrared Plates (Schilt Publishing, 2016) the artist has set out to explore the boundaries of perception, whether they are things outside our visual spectrum or events that go unnoticed or unreported.

At the centre of the series is the idea of revealing things we cannot see, things that are beyond our perception. The notion that something is going on somewhere and that we are not aware of it.

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Studies in Pollution #3
The O2 and Thames Water Barrier. From The City Series  (2014)
C Type print of photograph using Infrared Film 120mm CIR (ed of 12)
Size Framed: 1170mm x 910mm
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Studies in Pollution #7
The River Thames. From The City Series  (2014)
C Type print of photograph using Infrared Film 120mm CIR (ed of 12)
Size Framed: 1170mm x 910 mm
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Studies in Pollution #8
Canary Wharf. From The City Series  (2014)
C Type print of photograph using Infrared Film 120mm CIR (ed of 12)
Size Framed: 1170mm x 910mm
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Studies in Pollution #9
Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace. From The City Series  (2014)
C Type print of photograph using Infrared Film 120mm CIR (ed of 12)
Size Framed:1170 mm x 910mm
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Studies in Pollution #10
Aerial photograph of London Olympic Stadium. From The City Series  (2014)
C Type print of photograph using Infrared Film 120mm CIR (ed of 12)
Size Framed: 1170mm x 910mm
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The House on the Hill
From The Village Series (2010)
C Type print of photograph using Infrared Film 120mm CIR (ed of 12)
Size Framed: 647mm x 545mm
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The View from Rose Court
from The Village Series (2010)
C Type print of photograph using Infrared Film 120mm CIR (ed of 5 & Only 2 left)
Size Framed: 1170mm x 910mm
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Formerly Park Wood, The Home of the Colonel
From the Village Series (2010)
C Type print of photograph using Infrared Film 120mm CIR (ed of 12)
Size Framed: 1170mm x 910mm
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St Nicholas’s Churchyard, The Red Lady and the White Lady
From The Village Series (2010)
C Type print of photograph using Infrared Film (ed of 12)
Size Framed: 1170mm x 910mm
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Big Wheel
From The Red Forest Series. Exclusion Zone, Chernobyl (2012)
C Type print of photograph using Infrared Film 120mm CIR (ed of 12)
Size Framed: 1170mm x 910mm
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Protect the Trees from Fire
From The Red Forest Series. Exclusion Zone, Chernobyl (2012)
C Type print of photograph using Infrared Film 120mm CIR (ed of 12
Size Framed: 1170mm x 910mm
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A Woman Washes Clothes in the Receding Water
After the Flood After the Red River Valley  (India 2012)
C Type print of photograph using Infrared Film 120mm CIR (ed of 12)
Size Framed: 1170mm x 910mm
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Portrait of a Woman
After the Flood, After the Red River Valley (India 2012)

C Type print of photograph using Infrared Film 120mm CIR (ed of 12)
Size Framed: 647mm x 545mm
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Hellir #4
Hellir, Iceland (2016)
C Type print of photograph using Infrared Film 120mm CIR (ed of 12)
Size Framed: 647mm x 545mm
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