Koryo Hotel, 2007; C-type print, 101 x 127cm

Charlie Crane

Koryo Hotel, 2007; C-type print, 101 x 127cm

2007 / Artists

Charlie Crane

b. 1975 London

2007 MA Photography, University of Brighton

Publications:
2007 Welcome to Pyongyang, published by Chris Boot

Awards:
2007 Association of Photographers Silver Award
2006 Association of Photographers Judges Choice
2006 National Portrait Gallery Awards Semi-Finalist
2006 Winner of British Journal of Photography Award
2005 Association of Photographers Bronze Award
2005 Schweppes Portrait Awards Final Selection
1998 Kodak Photographer of the Year

Selectors' Comments:
Charlie Crane's photos have the compositional certainty of Puvis de Chavannes or Morandi: to look at them is to know that not a chair leg or flower could be moved. Crane uses interior space to pry apart floor and ceiling and hold them tightly in place. Even outdoors, he manages a type of painter's control over composition that seems entirely other than the photographer's framing and far more convincing than 'set-up'. If there's a whiff of Candida Hoffer here, the palette and atmosphere feel far more Asian and 'calendar' than German industrial academic; far more pictorial than documentary. The overall effect is of a kind of future past – the bright cleanliness of a once-actively occupied space with the emptiness of abandonment.

Artist's Statement:
Charlie Crane was born in London in 1975 and grew up on the south coast. He is currently studying on a part time MA at Brighton University. Charlie Crane's large format photographs allow us a glimpse into the strange world of North Korea, Communist dictatorship and one of the world's most secluded places. Crane looks beyond the propaganda to reveal a very human side of people with real hopes and dreams.