Sophie Gerrard is an award-winning documentary photographer from Scotland pursuing contemporary and social stories with a strong focus on environmentally sensitive themes. Born in Edinburgh in 1978, Sophie began her career as an environmental scientist graduating from Manchester University.
Her creative passion for documenting environmental and social issues then led to a photography degree from Edinburgh College of Art and an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from The London College of Communication. Sophie works regularly for NGO and editorial clients including The Guardian Weekend Magazine, The Financial Times Magazine and Telegraph Saturday Magazine, The Independent on Sunday, Save The Children and Greenpeace International. A recipient of a Jerwood Photography Award, Fuji Bursary and Magenta Foundation Award, Sophie has completed commissions, assignments and personal projects in India, Mexico, Myanmar and The UK. Her work is held in a number of private and public collections. Sophie’s work has been exhibited internationally including The Jerwood Space, Flowers East Gallery and The Photographers’ Gallery in London, Streetlevel Photoworks in Glasgow, Paris Photo and a solo show in The Arbetes Museum Sweden.
Sophie is a co-founder of Document Scotland, a collective of internationally acclaimed photographers dedicated to chronicling the social, cultural and economic life in Scotland. She is also a lecturer in Editorial photography at Edinburgh Napier University. She is represented by The Photographers’ Gallery in London and Eyevine.
“I am a social documentary photographer pursuing contemporary and environmental stories. I’m interested in people and their stories and try to use the voices of individuals in my work in order to make projects about larger themes. I find inspiration in many places, and some of my influences include photographers Joel Sternfeld, Pieter Hugo, Edward Burtynski and Don McCullin as well as drawings and painting by artists including Lucian Freud and Alberto Giacometti.”