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Thomas Dryden-Kelsey is a British documentary photographer based in the UK. He works on long term projects about family dynamics, fragility and strength.  His work is influenced by past experiences, encounters and questioning the physical and cultural landscape of the British Isles.

His work has been selected for Portrait of Britain, Portrait Salon, Magenta Foundation and Kuala Lumpur Portrait awards.


He has exhibited work at Wandsworth Museum, The Maltese Heritage Museum and Palazzo Martinengo Cesaresco Novarino, Brescia, among others.  


He worked as a photographer on the Sir Steve McQueen "Year 3 Project" which was exhibited at the Tate Britain 2019/20.


Awards  & Honours


URBANAUTICA INSTITUTE AWARDS 'Soon as the Golden Harvest quits the Plain' - Special Mention 2023

Portrait of Britain - Shortlist 2023

Royal Photographic Society 'Raising Doron Series' -  Shortlisted IPE 165  2023

a-n Artists Bursaries 2022-23 - funding to attend Chico Portfolio Review 2023

Athens Photo Festival 'Raising Doron Series' - shortlisted 2022

Royal Photographic Society 'Raising Doron Series' -  Shortlisted IPE 164  2022

Huawei Next-Image - 'Raising Doron' Best in Category Winner - Storyteller 2021

Portrait of Britain - Shortlist 2018

Portrait of Britain -Winner 2016

Portrait Salon 2015

Magenta Flash Forward Winner "Lord of Misrule" 2015

AOP Open Awards 2015

British Life Photography Awards Highly Commended (Portrait) 2014

30 under 30 shortlisted ideastap / Magnum Photo Agency 2014

Magenta Flash Forward Honorable Mention 'Series 303 2013

KL PHOTOAWARDS Finalist (Miss Teen Zimbabwe UK) 2013

Magenta Flash Forward Winner 2012 ' The business and daily life of dereliction' 

Ideas tap: Magnum Showcase Changing Landscape Runner-up ' The business and daily life of dereliction' 2012

Accademia Apulia Shortlisted 'Hal Far' 2012 

Shortlisted War On Want ' The business and daily life of dereliction' 2011

Peter Kirk Memorial Fund ' Hal Far' 2009/2010


FormicaLab PAESAGGI - Cuneo - 'The Byway' 2023

Horizonites at Post Office Projects Adelaide - June 2021 from the series 'The Byway'  2023

INVESTIGATIONS IN INFRASTRUCTURE  -Subjectively Objective  ' Imagination' 2022

Staff Photographer "Year 3 Project"  - Sir Steve McQueen, Tate Britain 2019/2020

Altrove Palazzo Martinengo Cesaresco Novarino, Brescia 'THERE/BACK' 2019

Art on a Postcard, Spiterfields Market Gallery, Street Photography 2019

Portrait of Britain Jcdecaux National Exhibtion 'Horace from the series 303' 2016

Russian Tea Rooms Portrait Salon 2015

The Mall Galleries. British Life photography exhibition 2015

Link Gallery, Winchester "303" 2014

Finalist Exhibition at Galeri Petronas ( KL Photo awards 2013)

Home, My Place In the World. Wandsworth Museum 2013

Foto8 Summer Show  ' The business and daily life of dereliction' 2011

Hal Far, Malta Exhibition at Notte Bianca, Malta Heritage Museum 2010

Publication, Interviews and Reviews

Portrait of Britain  - Bluecoat Press - 2023

Charcoal books - Chico Portfolio Review 2023

Photo Scratch  - Imagination (Discussion) 2020

Short Street Stories "THERE/BACK- 2019


Fable&Folk "303" - 2019

Another Place Magazine - "303" 2019

Portrait of Britain  - Hoxton Mini Press - 2018

Splash and Grab Issue #2 2015

Despite the illusion "303" 2015

International Street Photography Magazine "The Fans Project issue September / October 2014 

F-stop Magazine "On The Road Issue"  2014

London Street Photography Published on LEFT A BIT BLOG 2014

Trip Magazine 'The Business and daily life of dereliction' 2013


F8Magazine 'Hal Far' - 2011

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