Sophie Gerrard specialises in contemporary documentary stories with environmental and social themes. She began her career in environmental sciences before studying photography at Edinburgh College of Art, followed by an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication.
Gerrard’s first major project, E-Wasteland was awarded a Jerwood Photography Award, a Fuji Bursary and a Magenta Fast Forward Award. She has since been shortlisted and nominated for the Prix Pictet Award several years running and for the 2015 Remote Photo Prize.
Gerrard’s editorial and long-term personal work has been published widely by clients including The Guardian, The New York Times, Telegraph Magazine, FT Magazine, The Washington Post, Esquire Magazine, Foto8, The British Journal of Photography, Portfolio Magazine, Lucky Peach, Le Monde and many others.
Solo and group exhibitions include OFF festival Bratislava; The Scottish National Portrait Gallery; Brighton Photoworks Biennial; Impressions Gallery, Bradford; Street Level Gallery; Scotland House, Brussels; Flowers East Gallery and the Photographers’ Gallery.
Her work is held in a number of collections including St Andrews University Special Collection; The National Galleries of Scotland; Coutts Bank; StatOil Collection and the Sir Elton John Collection.
In 2012 Gerrard co-founded Document Scotland, a collective of internationally acclaimed photographers dedicated to chronicling social, cultural and economic life in Scotland.
Gerrard is a lecturer in photography at Edinburgh Napier University, a senior lecturer at Falmouth University MA Photography online and a member of the board of trustees for Impressions Gallery in Bradford.