Nick JS Thompson

Nick JS Thompson is a photographer who focuses on communities and the effect they have on their surrounding landscape. Born in 1988, Thompson spent his formative years documenting BMX and its associated subcultures, before moving into travel photography.

His extensive and poignant project Phuomi in South-East Asia focuses on the floating villages of Kompong Loung and Chong Kneas on the Tonle Sap Lake. In this set of photographs, the villages and their inhabitants are documented going about their daily lives, fishing, cooking, and socialising. To the uninitiated observer, these normal routines appear surreal and exotic, and are captivating to watch.

His second exhibition Fanø, was shot in one week on the Danish island of the same name. Occupied by the Third Reich in 1940, The Island is now home to upwards of three hundred Nazi bunkers, all of which never saw any conflict. These now-desolate concrete shells have been bricked up and broken into over the 70 years since the occupation. Thompson and his two assistants spent the week crawling through minute gaps and investigating the pitch-black spaces, often only seeing the whole space for the split second when the cameras flash was fired. Graffiti, bedding, and animal sacrifices are just some of the things found inside.

His most recent exhibition, The Decline of Conscience is something a little closer to home, shot over three years in and around the Heygate Estate in Elephant And Castle. This new body of work shows the negative effects of gentrification, and the adverse effects it can have on the underprivileged members of society.

Nick is a photographer with a strong sense of social conscience, and his work is always both beautifully alluring and ethically charged. This duality is what balances his work perfectly in-between honest documentary photography and fine art.


Upcoming Exhibitions

Faded Glory, (with Benjamin Murphy), Book & Job Gallery, San Francisco, USA, 2019

Solo Exhibitions

Perforations, Forty Seven LDN, London, UK - 2017

Relics, BSMT Space, London, UK - 2016

The Decline of Conscience, Hundred Years Gallery, London, UK - 2015

Fanø, Doomed Gallery, London, UK - 2014

Phoumi, Test Space, London, UK - 2014

Selected Group Exhibitions

Photography on a Postcard, theprintspace - 2017

Merge (Curated by Vin+Omi), Sanderson Hotel, London, UK - 2016

One Year Underground, BSMT Space, London, UK - 2016

Multiple Choices, Simmons and Simmons, London, UK - 2016

Spring Editions, Hundred Years Gallery, London UK - 2016

RATATART, Campo & Campo, Antwerp, Belgium - 2015

A Cultural Invasion, Los Angeles, USA - 2015

Art on a Postcard, Soho Revue, London, UK - 2015

Winter Exhibition, Rough Print Gallery, London, UK - 2015

Editions Project, Hundred Years Gallery, London, UK - 2015

Hang With Us, London, UK - 2015

Art On A Postcard, Whitfield Fine Art, London, UK - 2014

Seven Years Of Sketchbooks, Hoxton Gallery, London, UK - 2014

Street Art Agency, Creative Bubble, Roxy, London, UK- 2014

Group Collective Are Kunsts, Delphian Gallery, London, UK - 2013

Fuck Christmas, Hoxton Gallery, London, UK - 2012

55factory, Tony's Gallery, London, UK - 2011

Curatorial Projects

A Long Way From Home, Igor Moritz & Kevin Perkins, Delphian Gallery, London, 2018

Diary of an Introvert, Jordy Kerwick, Delphian Gallery, London, 2018

Seating Arrangement, Florence Hutchings, Delphian Gallery, London, 2018

Ómur, Benjamin Hardman, theprintspace, London, 2018

Lavish Entropy, Benjamin Murphy, Delphian Gallery, London, 2018

I SAW, Alex Gamsu Jenkins, theprintspace, London, 2018

Joy Street, Simon Landrein, theprintspace, London, 2018

Moon Kingdom, Chiara Zonca, theprintspace, London, 2018

Open Call, Delphian Gallery, London, 2018

Doughnut City, George Muncey, theprintspace, London, 2018

Big Brother, Louis Quail, theprintspace, London, 2018

Art Catalogue presents Henri Prestes, theprintspace, London, 2018

Lost Coast, Carson Lancaster, Delphian Gallery, London, 2018

Art Catalogue presents Gijs van den Berg, theprintspace, London, 2018

It's Nice That Review of the Year, theprintspace, London, 2017

Offspring Photomeet Best Portfolio Awards, theprintspace, London, 2017

Documentary Photographer of the Year, in conjunction with The Royal Photographic Society, theprintspace, London, 2017

Obscurely Prophetic, Delphian Gallery, London, 2017

Photography on a Postcard, theprintspace, London, 2017

Swap Shop, in conjunction with Magnum Photos, theprintspace, London, 2017

Ed Forbis, Lola Paprocka & Pani Paul, theprintspace, London, 2017

Black Bike Week, June Canedo in conjunction with Palm*, theprintspace, London, 2017

Instabrief, in conjunction with Handsome Frank, theprintspace, London, 2018

Sony World Photography Awards 10th Anniversary Exhibition, in conjunction with The World Photography Organisation, theprintspace, London, 2017

Black and White Photographer of the Year, in conjunction with B+W Magazine, theprintspace, London, 2017

Harrodsburg, Dougie Wallace, theprintspace, London, 2017

Defiance, Delphian Gallery, London, 2016

Gilded Chaos, Benjamin Murphy, Beers Contemporary, London, 2016

Deaths and Entrances, Benjamin Murphy, Ravenna - Italy, 2015

Group Collective Are Kunsts, Delphian Gallery, 2013

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