Kerry J Dean is a British photographer. Originally from the Midlands, she studied at the London College of Printing. She has recently moved to the Sussex countryside, where she lives with her husband and young son, restoring and rejuvenating a derelict flower nursery and woodland near the sea.
Kerry’s work blurs the line between the made and the unmade, the real and fabricated. a curiously crafted and often colourful world, part discovered, part imagined, exaggerating the beauty and at times the brutality that exists in the everyday.
Her unique approach is most evident in the extensive body of work she has created over fifteen years and many trips to Mongolia, an enduring source of inspiration, friendship, exploration and experimentation, a place to test her boundaries and evolve her practice.
That practice is evident throughout her work creating a strong and identifiable style that permeates both editorial and commercial projects. Her recent collaboration with Simone Rocha, Self, Son & Simone is an immersion into Kerry’s own private world, and a tender ode to both mothers and Mother Nature. Another of her recent projects The Blow Up, a collaboration with Korean Designer San Kim touches on the insidious sense of eco anxiety and isolation that is ever present in our current culture and like so much of her work the images are at once unsettling and celebratory.
Kerry has also developed a successful fine art practice alongside her commercial and editorial work. She was nominated for the prestigious Hyères festival in 2009, and showed work at Unseen Amsterdam, Meiter Award Tel Aviv, Emergentes Braga, and more recently Athens Photo Award. She has also held solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions worldwide.
Kerry has worked with a broad list of clients and publications, including AnOther, More or Less, Hussein Chalayan, i-D, Zeit magazine, GreenPeace, Simone Rocha, Nike and Vogue (UK, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine).