Chris Bethell is a Manchester based photographer. Until recently, the focus of his work was primarily based on the Ruin – becoming heavily involved with the sub culture of urban exploration. He was shortlisted for the AOP’s Student of the Year award in 2012. He was runner-up at Blank Media’s The Title Art Prize and won first place at Didsbury Arts Festival’s photography competition. An image from his project Ruins by Night was also shortlisted for Bing’s Your Britain competition. Chris has exhibited in several group shows in and around Manchester and in Hoxton Gallery in London. He is currently working on a project that will culminate in a solo show of his ruin-based work. Chris is represented by the photography agency Millennium Images.
‘The Poet is in complete control of his world’. Tester, 1994
Flâneurie, the Dérive & Psychogeography have shifted the way Chris Bethell sees the city. Photographing in Manchester, Chris has been led by intuition, colour, light, events and people, as he explores the experience of the city. He is not looking to hunt down ‘photographic truth’. Rather, by exaggerating the fleeting connections between the subjects of the city, he constructs narratives that most likely did not exist at the time of capture and so shapes his own world and experience through what he sees.