About Joe Low
Joe is a freelance photographer based in Southampton UK, undertaking architectural photography, public relations, special events and work within the arts. Although working as an all round freelance photographer, Joe specializes as an architectural photographer. He takes great delight in converting architects three dimensional ideas into two dimensional photographs.
Joe graduated from Winchester School of Art with a BA in Fine Art, (first class honours). Joe's art background informed his photography, where composition and timing were key to achieving successful images. On discovering the field of architectural photography in the early 1980's through a commission from Portsmouth City Architect Ken Norrish, he decided that architectural photography would be the core of his business. In 1990 Joe was runner up in the Tectonic Architectural Photographer of the Year Award, where the judges were architect Norman Foster and photographer Patrick (Lord) Litchfield, who is quoted as saying of Joe Low's work, "I think he's got a very good eye". At this point Joe started supplying photographs to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Picture Library, and continues to do so today.
When not involved with architectural photography Joe undertakes commissions in a wide variety of fields/events. Clients have included The NHS, Associated British Ports, BBC, British Gas, Denplan, Specsavers, Hampshire County Council, Southampton City Council, Mowlem, Highways Agency, Hampshire Cultural Trust, Hammerson plc, Southampton City Art Gallery and Winchester Cathedral, together with many others.
In 2004 Joe started selling his work through a shop in Winchester which he ran for 12 years. Over this time his commissioned photography declined as he was involved with running the shop. Eventually he missed being on the road as a freelancer, so in 2016 when the lease expired, he let the shop go and reverted back to freelancing.
Since graduating from art school, Joe has continued to draw, and over the years has exhibited his photography or his drawings from time to time, (see below for the list).
2016 Southampton City Art Gallery Open Exh. (Winner of Drawing Prize)
2006 Southampton City Art Gallery Biennale (Overall Winner)
1991 60th Anniv. Building Centre Exh. ‘Then and Now’ (Third)
1990 Architectural Photographer of the Year (Runner Up)
List of exhibitions:
2018 (Joint) The First Gallery, Southampton - ‘Back Street Group Exhibition’
2018 (Joint) St Bart’s Open Exhibition, Lymington
2018 (Joint) Southampton City Art Gallery Open Exhibition – ‘Four Seasons’
2018 (Joint) The Link Gallery, Univ. of Winchester – ‘International Women’s Day Exh.’
2017 (Solo) The First Gallery, Southampton – ‘Lo and Behold’
2016 (Joint) St Bart’s Open Exh.
2016 (Joint) Southampton City Art Gallery Open Exh. – ‘Sport & Recreation’
2015 (Solo) Winchester Cathedral – ‘Sleeping Rough’
2012 (Solo) Theatre Royal, Winchester – ‘Exposures’
2010 (Joint) The Link Gallery, Univ. of Winchester – ‘Re-Imagining Treasures of Hyde Abbey’
2009 (Joint) City Space Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre – Xmas Exh.
2009 (Joint) City Space Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre – ‘Festivals in Winchester’
2008 (Solo) The Link Gallery, Univ. of Southampton – ‘Containment’
2006 (Joint) The Link Gallery, Univ. of Winchester – ‘A Sculptural Landscape’
2006 (Joint) Southampton City Art Gallery Biennial – ‘Pattern’
2003 (Solo) Southampton City Art Gallery – ‘Solent Echoes’
2002 (Solo) Gutteridge’s Offices (Architects) – ‘Architectural Abstractions’
2001 (Joint) Tower Arts Centre, Winchester – ‘A Way of Life’
2000 (Joint) Harbour Lights Cinema, Southampton – ‘A Way of Life’
1987 (Solo) Havant Museum & Art Gallery – ‘Parmelian Impressions’
1978 (Joint) The Photographic Gallery, Southampton University - Landscape Exhibition
1978 (Joint) The Side Gallery, Newcastle – ‘New British Image’ Exhibition and Publication
To purchase prints, or reproduction rights of Joe's work please contact him directly