Alvin Booth was born and raised in Hull, an industrial city in the Northeast of England. He left school at seventeen to train as a hairdresser, quickly moving to Oxford soon after. Always experimenting and creating ever more eccentric hairstyles, he was never happy with the photographic record provided by the salon. When a watch he inherited from his grandfather was stolen, he used the insurance money to buy his first proper camera, a Mamiya RB67. In the same way he had experimented with hair, he experimented in the darkroom. Self-taught, he made mistakes he might not have dared incorporate into his work if he had had formal photographic training. In 1989 he gave up hairdressing completely and moved to New York to concentrate on his photography.
His work is highly valued on the international photography market, has been exhibited in international museums and is represented by some of the most prestigious galleries in major cities in the United States and Europe. He divides his time between New York and the Southwest of France.
His Photographs are printed, toned and ‘distressed’ by hand. So while the image and printing method are modern, the end-result is reminiscent of the photographs of the mid- to late nineteenth century. The finished print is framed by sealing it in glass, copper and solder.
Booth’s first book of nudes, Corpus (forward by Charlotte Cotton of the Victoria and Albert Museum) was published fall 1999 by Edition Stemmle. Corpus was awarded the Kodak Photo Book press award for 2002. His book ‘Osmosis’, published by Galerie Vevais, won the red dot design award in 2007. Both books. This and his third publication ‘Triptych’ are published by Galerie Vevais, They will be available for viewing at the gallery during the exhibition.