Self Portrait, 1990

GRAHAM COPEKOGA (b. 1971) is a European photographer and filmmaker working exclusively with film and the wet plate collodion process.

He is known for his portraits of artists, intellectuals and celebrities, which include Professor Stephen Hawking, Sir Terence Conran, Joe Casely-Hayford, Margaret Howell, John Blakemore, Jason Collingwood, Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto, Sir Terry Farrell, Lord Norman Foster, Natalie Gibson, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, Akiko Hirai, Sir Michael Hopkins, Lady Patricia Hopkins, Gabriele Koch, Hajeong Lee, Jennifer Lee, Bruce Oldfield, Phil Rogers, Lord Richard Rogers, Yuta Segawa, Margo Selby, Geoffrey Swindell, Jake Tilson, Jo Tilson, Angela Verdon, Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell, Kit Williams, Sir Alec Jeffreys, Sylvette David, Piers Gough, Shani Rhys James, Robin Levien, Maggi Hambling, Zandra Rhodes, Tanita Tikaram, Billy Childish, and Keiko Hasegawa.

Initially self-taught in the late 1980s, CopeKoga studied BA (Hons) Fine Art at the Nottingham Trent School of Art and Design, specialising in photography. He has an interest in traditional photographic print making and historical photographic methods using chemical-based techniques.

He considers the photographic image to be a pure form, touched only by light. He views digital photography to be computer imaging and not a photographic process – a world detached from the Camera obscura and reliant on algorithms and licensing. A world devoid of feeling and emotion.

All CopeKoga's work are printed in a darkroom to archival standards using traditional processes on vintage equipment. For CopeKoga, the subject and content of the work is the most important factor, as well as the craftsmanship and materials used in the realisation of a work.

CopeKoga's work has been published in The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Flux Magazine and featured on Al Jazeera, NBC, Fox News, ITV and BBC television amongst others. He teaches historical photography workshops at King's College, Cambridge, Trinity College, Cambridge and previously at Trinity College, Oxford and St John's College, Oxford.

Graham CopeKoga's work can be found in private collections in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Japan.



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