Damien Wootten is an art and documentary photographer living and working in the North East of England.
He has exhibited and published projects and worked on a range of commissions for organisations and charities - and has been the recipeint of Arts Council England, North East Photography Network and Royal Photographic Society grants, bursaries and awards.
Previous books and exhibitions include Beyond the Angel (published in 2004 by photoNorth with an introduction by Alessandro Vincentelli, Curator at BALTIC, Centre for Contemporary Art), On the Verge, Bastard Seating, Northern Refuge (commissioned by the North of England Refugee Service) and Into the Open, which was exhibited at the Vardy Gallery in Sunderland.
The Visitors, one part of a large scale site-specific photographic commission Damien carried out for South Tyneside Council and Grit & Pearl Art Consultants, is on display on South Shields seafront. The commission also included collaborative billboards with artist Jo Ray.
Damien's major seven year project Coastal Retreats was exhibited from October 2013 until February 2014 at Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archive.
Throughout 2013 he was photographer in residence with Living History North East, working in the East End of Sunderland on a community based commission and exhibition in Holy Trinity Church, Sunderland. This also included running photographic workshops and the publication of the Waterside newspaper and a set of beermats, both designed and produced by Damien.
Both Waterside and Coastal Retreats were part of North East Photography Network's The Social: Encountering Photography, a month of photography in Sunderland and North East England.
He completed a further commission in Sunderland's East End working on an intergenerational project, involving collaborative photographic portraiture and theatre, with Living History North East and the local community. The work created can be seen in The Exchange Portrait Sessions.
Damien is developing four long term bodies of work: a landscape project titled There is nothing of value left, photographing three coastal cliff top caravan sites. With his second project titled Grazers, he is photographing sheep, cows and horses grazing. Work in progress can be seen here. Pilgrims is a street photography project and Close The Door On Past Dreariness documents the crisis of homelessness and housing - both projects focus on the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne.
The Radical Road, which looks at the topographic and printed legacy of socialism in Britain through housing and significant historical texts, was exhibited at Woodhorn Museum between October 2017 and January 2018. The photographs for the project were taken between September 2014 and April 2016.
One of his photographs was selected for the Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition 157. The RPS selected just 100 images from a submission of almost 7,000 from 72 countries. Damien was given the Bronze Award for his image Local Family, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, which he received at the exhibition preview at the Berkeley Gallery, London in August, 2014. The exhibition toured the UK, including the Belfast Photo Festival in June 2015.
For commissioning, limited edition print sales or any other enquiries please contact Damien directly.