Born and raised in the Gwendraeth Valley, Wales, Documentary Photographer Huw Alden Davies received a BA First Honours Degree in Photography at the West Wales School of Arts, and studied his Masters Degree in Documentary Photography at Newport, University of Wales.
Exploring the lines of visual and written narratives, studying concepts such as sense of place and cultural identity, his work has been widely published, and featured in a large number of international exhibitions. With selected works in the permanent archives of the National Library of Wales, National Museum of Wales, and The National Portrait Gallery, London.
Lured by the single frame and its ability to tell the grandest tales, Davies’ turns his attention to matters close to home. This has seen his photographs selected by renowned Magnum photographer Martin Parr, The Association of Photographers, The National Museum, and the National Assembly of Wales. Supported by the Arts Council of Wales, The British Council and Ffotogallery (the national agency of photography), Davies’ work has gone on to represent Wales internationally.
As lecturer and program director of BA Photography at Carmarthen School of Art, Huw Alden Davies continues to develop his teaching practice coinciding with his work as a documentary photographer, exhibiting artist, and bookmaker; pursuing a wide range of projects investigating visual concepts and theory through traditional and contemporary processes, while informing his discipline as professional and educator.
Recent projects include, ‘Prince’, a multi media study of the artist’s father and bi-product of a generation, and the ‘Carnifal Project’, a social documentary series celebrating the sense of community and collaboration said to be at the helm of neoliberalism. He is currently working on a number of ongoing projects, including 'Xennial', a multi media series charting a generation that gave way to the digital revolution.
Communities of Choice
Kochi, India. Dec 2022-
The Last Valley (Solo Show)
Oriel Myrddin - Mar 2022
Imagining the Nation State - Bay Art, Diffusion Festival - Oct 2021
Oriel Myrddin Open - Oct 2021
Many Voices One Nation.
Senedd / Aberystwyth Arts Centre /Redhouse Merthyr
2019 - 2020
Unveil'd Photobook #1, London.
LensThink Photobook Exhibition, Yorkshire.
40 Years of Here. Oriel Henry Thomas. February 2018
Prince - BildKultur Gallery, Stuttgart. April - May 2017
FELIFA 2016, Argentina. November 2016
Encontros Da Imagem International Photography Festival Portugal. September-November 2016
Prince - Ffotogallery, Turner House. July 2016
Athens Photo Festival - THe Photobook Exhibition - Prince. June-July. 2016
A fine Begining -Made in Wales.
Oriel Colwyn, North-Wales. 2016
Prince Exhibition and publication Launch. Elysium Gallery, Swansea. November 2015
A fine Begining - Made in Wales.
Carousel London. November 2015
Prince - Publication Launch Difusion Festival . Cardiff. October 2015
A fine Begining -Made in Wales. Cardiff MADE. September 2015
Windows, Mirrors and Doors. Photo Place Gallery, Vermont. USA.
Seven point seven (solo Exhibition)
Elysium Gallery, Swansea. November 2013
The Valleys Re-Presented.
Diffusion Festival, Cardiff. May 2013
Work in Progress.
Velencia, Spain. September 2012
European Prospects, Fotosommer Stuttgart, Germany. July 2012
Hyphen, Ffotogallery, Cardiff. October 2011
Professional Photographer Awards 2010. London. Spring/summer 2011
Anyhow, Anywhere. Knowl West Media Centre. Bristol. November 2010
Documentary Photography, Work in progress. Ffloc Gallary, Newport. April 2010
Open West Exhibition, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. February – March 2009.
People of Today: Faces of Wales, National Portrait Gallery. London. December 2008 - January 2009.
Old for New - Home Village Exhibition, Tumble, Carmarthenshire. December 2008.
Welsh Development Agency at the Chrysler Building, New York. 2008.
AXA Photographic portrait commission, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. November 2007.
Fear and Hoping Exhibition at Stroud House Gallery, Stroud. 2006.
Final Year Degree Show, West Wales School of the Arts, Carmarthen. 2006.
AOP Student Awards, London. 2006.
ICI Imagedata Student Awards, London. 2006.
Presentations, Residencies and Delegations
Communities of Choice - Artist Panel Discussion - Kochi - Feb 2023
The Last Valley - In Conversation with Peter Finnemore and Abby Poulson - May 2022
Imagining the Nation State - Diffusion Festival - Oct 2021
Ffoton - Conversations - Oct 2021
The Phooks Online Photobook
Talk #001 - Nov 2020
Instagram a Symposium - National Museum of Wales
GWLAD - Future Wales Festival
Talk - Live from the Senedd
ESPY Photo Award Judge 2019
Dreamtigers - Artist talk.
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea.
Ffotogallery Delegation Jaipur Photo
The Creative Bar Podcast with Jon Wilkening - Sept 2017
Photograd Instagram Artist Residency October 2017
Diffusion Festival Instagram Artist Residency. October 2015
Fotosomer Photography Festival Stuttgart. June 2012
Arts Council of Wales Creative Professional Grant - 2022
Imagining the Nation State Commission -
Chennai Biennale + Diffusion
Many Voices One Nation Commission - The National Assembly For Wales
ESPY Photoaward - Book Prize 2017
Arts Council of Wales Creative Professional Grant - 2015
ACW Research and Development Grant - 2015
Arts Council of Wales Creative Professional Grant -2013
Professional Photographer Awards 2010- Commended. January 2011
Open West Awards-Short list. February 2009
Arts Council of Wales Creative Professional Grant - 2007
National Museum of Wales / National Portrait Gallery - AXA Portrait Commission 2007.
First Prize, AOP 2006 Student Photographer of the year.
ICI Imagedata Student Digital Photography Awards 2006 Short List.
First Prize, Band and Brown National Compatition. Judged by Martin Parr, documenting the fortieth anniversary of Kwik Save.
Carnifal - March 2022
Many Voices One Nation - Jul 2021
Prince (Book) - October 2015*
Dreamtigers. Ffotogallery - 2018
New Welsh Reader - Sum 2022
Blunderbuss #03 - Aug 2020
Y Carnifal (Ffotozine) - 2018
CCQ (Culture Colony Quarterly) - 2015
Mirrors, Windows and Doors, PhotoPlace Gallery - 2015
CCQ (Culture Colony Quarterly) - 2014
CCQ (Culture Colony Quarterly) - 2013
Platfform Magazine - May 2013
Professional Photographer - January 2011
Blown Magazine - November 2010.
Blown Magazine - September 2009.
Porfolio - March-November 2007.
AOP Awards Book 2007.
British Journal of Photography - June 2006.
Image (AOP) - May 2006.
Reviews and Interviews
Ffoton - One Image - 2021
Welsh Arts Review (Review) - 2021
Source Magazine (Review) #104 - Spring 2021
Golwg Mag - 2015