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Murray Ballard (b.1983) is a photographer based in Brighton, UK.  He graduated from the University of Brighton in 2007 with a degree in Photography.  The following year he was selected for Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed 08 – the annual showcase of work by the ‘most promising recent graduates’ at The Photographers’ Gallery, London.  In 2011 the British Journal of Photography recognised him as an ‘emerging photographer of note’, following his debut solo show, The Prospect of Immortality, at Impressions Gallery, Bradford.

In 2012 The Prospect of Immortality toured to the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland as part of the exhibition Moral Holiday. In 2013 it was exhibited at the Centro Cultural de Espana in Mexico City for the Transitio_mx 05 festival. In 2015 it was shown at Format International Photography Festival in Derby, UK as part of the exhibition Beyond Evidence: an incomplete narratology of photographic truths. In 2016 the series was exhibited at The Dick Institute in Kilmarnock and included in a number of other exhibitions. In April, GOST published a book of the project, which has been shortlisted for the Paris Photo Aperture Foundation First Book Award.

His photographs have been published in numerous magazines and newspapers including: Esquire, FT Weekend, GEO, GQ, The Guardian, IL, The Independent and Wired.  As well as the photography journals: 6 Mois, 8, Dummy, The British Journal of Photography and HotShoe.



Heaven on Earth, DongGang Museum of Photography, Korea, 15 July – 25 September 2016

Temptation of Immortality, Przemiany Festival, Copernicus Science Centre, Warsaw, 1-4 September 2016

About Time, The Dick Institute, Kilmarnock, 14 May – 20 August 2016

The New Immortals, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, 20 February – 20 March 2016

Beyond Evidence, Format Festival, Quad, Derby, 13 March – 7 June 2015

One Planet City: Land Use & Wildlife, FotoDocument, Brighton Photo Biennale, Foredown Tower, Portslade, 2014

The Shot I Never Forgot, Brighton Photo Fringe, Vantage Point, Brighton, 2014

The Prospect of Immortality, Transitio_mx 05, Centro Cultural de Espana, Mexico City, Mexico, 2013

Moral Holiday, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, 26 October 2012 – 12 January 2013

The World in London, curated by The Photographers’ Gallery, Victoria Park, London, 2012

FotoRenewables: Mixed Renewables in the UK, FotoDocument, Brighton Station, 2012

Arts Forum 2.0, Brighton Media Centre, Brighton, 2012

The Prospect of Immortality, Impressions Gallery, Bradford, 10 June – 17 September 2011

One Week in Moscow, Brighton Photo Fringe, Marwood Studios, Brighton, October 2010

Lost in Transit, Vyner Street Gallery, London, 24 November – 3 December 2009

Lost in Transit, Impressions Gallery, Bradford, 26 June – 21 August 2009

Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed ’08, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, 2008

Summer Show ’08, Host Gallery, London, 2008

Human Endeavour, Brighton Photo Fringe, Bellis Gallery, Brighton, October – November 2008

A Series of Investigations, (in)difference, Working Rooms, London, 2008

(in)difference, La Viande Gallery, London, 2007

Degree Show, University of Brighton, June 2007

Triptych, Molholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest, 2006

Triptych, University of Brighton, 2006



The Prospect of Immortality, GOST, April 2016

The Bigger Picture, Impressions Gallery, 2015

FORMAT 15 Evidence, QUAD/FORMAT, 2015

Flash Forward Tenth, The Magenta Foundation, 2014

Exhibiting Photography (2nd edition), Focal Press, Shirley Read – On Being Curated For The First Time, 2014

9213, University of Brighton, 2013

How to Genetically Modify a Tomato and Other Things We Eat, British Science Association, 2011

One Week in Moscow, self-published with Gabriella Rizzello, 2010

Flash Forward 2009, The Magenta Foundation, 2009


Awards, Commissions and Grants

Paris Photo Aperture Foundation First Book Award, Shortlisted, 2016

FotoDocument One Planet City Commission, 2014

Mack First Book Award, nominated, 2012

Arts Council England Grant, 2011

FotoDocument Commission, 2011

Emerging Photographer of Note, British Journal of Photography, 2011

Reviewer Prize, FotoBook Festival, Kassel, 2010

too much chocolate + Kodak Film Grant, 2010

Flash Forward Winner, The Magenta Foundation, 2009

Arts Council England Grant (Group), 2008

Tom Buckeridge Photography Prize, University of Brighton, 2007

Nagoya University Student Arts Award, 2007

Seoul National University Student Award, 2007

South Square Trust Award, 2006



University of Portsmouth, 7 February 2017

Falmouth University, 3 November 2016

Bath Spa University, 1 November 2016

University of the West of England, Bristol, 19 October 2016

Impressions Gallery Photobook Fair, Bradford, 15 October 2016

University of Brighton, 16 June 2016

Miniclick: On Science, The Old Market, Brighton, 15 June 2016

Magnum Professional Practice, Magnum Print Room, London, 4 June 2016

Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, 26 May 2016

In conversation with Gordon MacDonald and Jim Stephenson, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, 17 March 2016

Miniclick: Soapbox, Now We Are 5, Brighton Unitarian Church, 2015

Miniclick: Sketchbooks, The Old Market, Brighton, 2015

NEoN Digital Arts Festival and Dundee Science Festival, Dundee Science Centre, 2014

One Planet City, FotoDocument, Brighton Photo Biennial, 2014

SICK! Festival, Fabrica Gallery, Brighton, 2014

Brighton Photo Fringe, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, 2013

Vardean School, Brighton, 2013

Swansea University, 2012

Death Bites: More About Mortality, Southbank Festival of Death, Royal Festival Hall, London, 28 January 2012

University of Brighton, 2012

FotoDocument Launch, Jury’s Inn, Brighton, 2012

Miniclick, The Old Market, Brighton, 2011

Norfolk Food Festival, The John Innes Centre, Norwich, 2011

British Science Festival, Bradford, 2011

Impressions Gallery, Bradford, 2011


Selected Press and Features

Heaven freezes over: how the cryonics business promises eternal life, The Guardian, 22 November 2016

Review: The Prospect of Immortality by Lesley A. Martin, The Photobook Review 011/Fall 2016

The End of Death, Ernest Journal no.5, August 2016

A visual tour of the weird world of the cryogenically frozen, New Scientist, 29 June 2016

Ark of the immortals: The future-proof plan to freeze out death, New Scientist, 29 June 2016

Eternal Life Looks Awfully Droll In These Haunting Cryonics Photos, The Huffington Post, 17 June 2016

Murray Ballard’s Look at Contemporary Cryonics, PDN, 10 June 2016

This Photographer Spent a Decade Photographing Cryonics Enthusiasts, Vice, 7 June 2016

Murray Ballard explores the strange, myth-filled world of cryogenically freezing people, It’s Nice That, 23 May 2016

Freeze Your Body, Live Forever (or Die Trying), FotoRoom, 10 May 2016

Frozen in Time, Professional Photography, Issue 8, May 2016

What Exactly Is Life After Death if You’re a Cryonicist? Slate, 27 April 2016

Photoworks Ideas Series Interview, Photoworks, 12 April 2016

Keep me on ice until later, the chilling tale of people who want to come back from the dead, Telegraph Review, 27 March 2016

A Small Voice Podcast 23, March 2016

Murray Ballard Cryonic investigator, Viva Brighton, The Mind Issue #37, March 2016 

“Cette Vision de lat Médecine me Terrifie”, 6 Mois, 23 April 2015

Murray Ballard – One-planet photographer, Viva Brighton, April 2015

The Miniclick Highlights Show – Ep.1, January 2015

The Prospect of Immortality, To The Best Of Our Knowledge Presents: Death (a five-part series), November 2014

Mull it Over interview, November 2014

Let’s Be Brief – Murray Ballard: UK Renewable Energy, August 2014

The Prospect of Immortality, Esquire Russia, October 2014

FotoDocument: One Planet City, Photoworks Issue 21: Collaboration, 2014

Les bricoleurs de l’immortalité, Le Monde, February 2014

The Story: Frozen Immortality, September 19, 2013

Les Givrés du Futur (The Frosted Future), 6 Mois, Printemps Été 2013

One Week in Moscow, Another Escape Vol. 1, Spring 2013

Moral Holiday Exhibition Review, Art Monthly No.362 Dec-Jan 2012-13

Die Eismenschen (The Icemen), GEO thema 03, 2012

Kaltblütig (Cold-blooded), Dummy 36 Leben (Live), 2012

‘We Want to Come Back from the Dead’, Marie Claire, August 2012

The Prospect of Immortality, Hotshoe, April-May 2012

The Prospect of Immortality, Wired Taiwan, 2012

Cryonics Photos Delve Into the Frozen World of the Immortality Faithful, Wired, 10th May 2012

The Prospect of Immortality, GQ Korea, February 2012

The Chilling Facts of Cryonics, GQ Australia, Oct-Nov 2011

Frozen: The Prospect of Immortality, SeeSaw Issue #14, 2011

Waiting for the Future, Wired UK, Sep 2011

Cryonics: the chilling facts, The Independent, 27 July 2011

The Prospect of Immortality, British Journal of Photography, July 2011

My Best Shot, The Guardian G2, 15 August 2011

Il Gelo In Una Stanza (The Frost in the Room), IL (Intelligence in Lifestyle) , Jan 2010

Never Say Die, Guardian Weekend 7 November 2009

Die Eismenschen (The Icemen), GEO, April 2010

Cryonics: The Prospect of Immortality, YVI magazine No.3, 2009

Minus 197°C, 8 Issue 24, Autumn 2008