Alexander Brattell is a photographer, artist and educator based on the South East coast of England. His hand made silver gelatin prints exploring states of mind and perception continue a psychological reportage that forms a continuous thread through his career. Working in series rather than by subject matter, his portfolios of prints are the source material for exhibitions and sales of artist proofs and small editions.

He works to commission on location and in the studio, currently almost exclusively in the arts. Photographing for artists, craftspeople, performers, curators and producers, he produces visual resources for marketing, publicity, publications, applications and reports. He has previous extensive experience in the design and hospitality industries photographing people, interiors, food and products and has been commissioned by many well known publications from The Sunday Telegraph and GQ, to Skin Two and Tandoori Magazine.

Since 1996 Brattell has been a visiting lecturer in photography and involved in numerous community projects, working with universities, colleges, galleries and organisations using photography to enable voice.

A short film by Mark French for Coastal Currents Arts Festival 2020.

“I document the sensation of seeing, fixing moments of heightened awareness in a search for resonance beyond subject matter. My photography is a personal animism preoccupied with shapes of thought and the revelatory nature of peripheral vision. It is the recognition of an alphabet of sensation that lies beneath the threshold of language.

A spirit of place often emerges from the work, but at its core is the impulse to articulate the nature of experience and maintain contact with the miraculous within the mundane.

I continue to work in a traditional way, printing my own images in a darkroom. This transmission of light, the analogue journey via the latent image to the final print, remains for me the most effective simulacrum.”

curriculum vitae



Black+White Photography Magazine issue 262, Winter/Spring 2022.

PechaKucha, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea.

©Alexander Brattell 2024.