Craigie Horsfield (1949, Cambridge) has lived and worked in Krakow, London, Barcelona, Naples, Madrid and New York. He first gained attention and acclaim for his black and white photographic portraits. Begun in the 1970s and printed in the 1980s and 90s, these were large-scale, unique prints and involved extensive handwork in the darkroom during the images’ exposure and development stages. Horsfield is one of several artists whose conceptual and technical innovations helped to reposition photography at the forefront of international contemporary art practice in the late 1980s. In 1996 he was nominated for the annual Turner Prize.
Horsfield’s fascination for the concept of ‘relation’ – the connection between people, between ourselves and the world, but also how history shapes our life as a dimension of the present and how we in turn make up part of history – has played a key role in his work and one which he has helped to develop over the years, known for his profoundly moving images of individuals and groups of people, as well as atmospheric representations of landscapes, often produced as tapestries on an epic scale.
Horsfield described his work (photographs of the environments and people around him) as, "intimate in scale but its ambition is, uncomfortable as I find it, towards an epic dimension, to describe the history of our century, and the centuries beyond, the seething extent of the human condition." He often prints the photographs many years after they were first taken, bringing into contrast memory and the present reality.
His work was shown in Documenta XI, Kassel in 2002 and the Whitney Biennial in 2003.
He lives and works in London and New York.