Duncan Miller Gallery, Santa Monica, California




All photos were taken at random, nothing has been posed or staged. The only exception is the photograph of the woman, in black and white, sitting next to a window, staring at a pair of scissors on a table. This was done for a private stills competition hosted by cinematographer Roger Deakins CBE, ASC, BSC.




BURNING CHROME. Centre [3]. Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. April 4-May 1, 2018.




THE WORLD THROUGH MY EYES, Valid Foto Gallery BCN, Barcelona, Spain, April 10-28, 2018.




THE PSYCHOLOGY OF HOPE. Solo Show. Carnegie Art Gallery. Dundas, Ontario, Canada. January, 2018.




BALLARAT INTERNATIONAL FOTO BIENNALE. Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia; August 19-September 17, 2017.

The "2017 program, with special events planned for all five weekends, is expected to attract an attendance of over 50,000 people."




FUTURE SHOCK: A REQUIEM OF THE PAST. Centre [3],  Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. July 14-August 24, 2017. 




Magnum Photos Awards-Lens Culture. London, England. July 2017.

" There is something deliriously wonderful about your stark, graphic photographs. The geometry inherent in the works is almost Bauhausian. Moholy-Nagy would be proud. In some of the photographs…I get the feeling they are more closely related to screen prints than traditional photography, Andy Warhol’s car crash works…In a way, they promote more of an inner being than of external depiction. They ooze psychology and depths (Jung?) as if they are stills for an updated version of the Seventh Seal or the Naked City; the images evokes the shadows on Plato’s cavern wall. Stills here actually push at the notion that we deal in images as forms of reality despite their actual existence as skins of expression, fiction, mendacity, and verisimilitude.

The blacks you get are rich and velvety, the light dramatic, and the framing illusive and fleeting. They remind me of the charcoal drawings by Robert Longo…We look at the abstraction on the surface off the glass, the reflection of the individual, and the silhouette near the curb. There is mystery here and their theatricality and chiaroscuro is why. I think this aesthetic approach (which is associated with drama/theatre/romanticism) mixed with street photography is such a wonderful combination that hasn’t entirely been explored before. I’m thinking here specifically of Philip Lorca-DiCorcia’s “Heads” as well as Daido Moriyama’s gritty work. It is possible your works would be better as photo-gravures. I love the conceptual place that your work is in and think it is apt for our 21st century condition.”




CHARLES DODGSON BLACK & WHITE AWARD, 2nd Edition, London, England. April, 2017.

HONORABLE MENTION; Finalist, “Fine Art”




10th ANNUAL, INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS, Los Angeles, California, February, 2017.
At the 10th Annual International Color Awards, webcast live around the world, Neil Frederick Sharpe was awarded an Honorable Mention for one of the ten most outstanding photographs in "Silhouette".

The Jury included Christie's, New York; Contemporary Art Society, London;
Sotheby's, Paris; ING Collection, Netherlands; Y&R, Malaysia; Preus
Museum, Norway; Art Beatus, Hong Kong; Ogilvy & Mather, Amsterdam;
Whitechapel Gallery, London; and J. Walter Thompson, New York.




11TH ANNUAL BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS, Los Angeles California, November, 2016. 

Neil Frederick Sharpe was presented at the 11th Annual Black and White Spider with Honorable Mention Awards for the ten most outstanding photograph in "Sport" and "Silhouette", webcast Saturday, November 5, 2016. The live online gala was attended by over 10,500 photography fans around the globe.

11th Annual Jury members included from National Geographic, Washington DC; The Armory Show, New York; TBWA, Paris; Victoria Film Festival, Canada; Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels; Studio Hansa, London; Fratelli Alinari, Florence; Australian Centre for Photography; Young & Rubicam, Lima.

BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography.



Red Dot Fundraiser; Ballarat International Foto Biennale. Backspace Gallery, City of Ballarat Arts & Culture, Australia; October, 2016.




International Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography, Palazzo Italia, Unter den Linden 10, Berlin Germany, October 4-29, 2016.



Magnum Photography Awards, "IPHIGENIA", 2016 Competition Gallery, May, 2016.

"The Competition Gallery is a highly curated group of images selected by our editors to showcase only the best photos from entrants."

"For nearly 70 years Magnum Photos has been providing the highest quality photographic content to an international client base of media, charities, publishers, brands and cultural institutions. The Magnum Photos library is a living archive updated regularly with new work from across the globe."



International Color Awards,  Beverley Hills, California, USA. April 2016.

Award winner: "Fine Arts".




SNAP! Contemporary Photography Exhibition and Silent Auction For AIDS. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. March, 2016.




Stills Lighting Challenge. London, England. January 2016. Roger Deakins CBE, ASC, BSC. Restricted to members of his Cinematography Forum.




Black And White Photographer Of The Year: Leica Studios. London, England. November-December. 2015

Short List.



International Black And White Spider Awards. 10th Annual. November, 2015,

Nominations in "Fine Art" and "Silhouette".



Contemporary Art, Musee du Louvre, Paris, France.  July 2015.

Digital photography display featuring photographers from 191 countries.



Black And White Charles Dodgson Award. Worldwide Photography Gala Awards. London England. June 2015. Named As A Finalist.



"Photographer Neil Frederick Sharpe of Canada was named at the 8th Annual International Color Awards for one of the ten most outstanding photographs (“Honorable Mention”) in the category of Abstract at the Nomination & Winners Photoshow, webcast Saturday, April 18, 2015.

The live online gala was attended by over 8,000 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry's most important event for color photography.

Jury members included Christie's, Paris; Frieze Art Fair, London; DB Agency, Milan; Clair Galerie, Munich; Edinburgh Film Festival; Art Beatus Gallery, Hong Kong; Gup Magazine, Amsterdam; and Eyestorm, London."



EARLY WORKS; PRC/Photographic Resource Center, Boston University. January 22-March 15, 2015.



" JOY" , DUNCAN MILLER GALLERY, Santa Monica California. March-May, 2015.

Juried by Magnum Photographer and Guggenheim winner BRUCE GILDEN, I'm honored to be named as a Winner of the INTERNATIONAL STREET PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION sponsored by the DUNCAN MILLER GALLERY, Santa Monica, California. January, 2015.

Poetics Of Light. Black Box Gallery. Portland Oregon. December 1-20, 2014.

9th Annual International Black And White Spider Awards, October 2014

Multi-award winner with seven photographs named in "Architecture" and "Silhouette".

International Photography Awards ("IPA"), September, 2014.

Multi-award winner In the "Fine Art" category

"Self-Portraits". MONA (Detroit Museum of New Art), Detroit, Michigan, USA. September 21-October 31, 2014.

BIFB COLLECTION 2014, the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. August, 2014. Gallery Eleven40, Malvern, Australia.

"Early Works"; Sol Mednick Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, August 22nd – September 19th 2014.

San Francisco International Photography Exhibition, August 9-24, 2014.

Gold Medal Award

"Prix de la Photographie, Paris" (Px3), Paris, France; July 2014.

Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals in "Fine Art" and "Architecture".

Philadelphia 5th Annual Contemporary Photography Exhibition, June 12-August 30, 2014; Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.

Curators: Mary Ellen Mark, Brian Clamp.

Photography Masters Cup, International Color Awards. 7th Annual Awards, May, 2014.

I am greatly honored to be cited for one of the top ten outstanding color photographs in the year 2013 ("Honorable Mention Award") for the abstract composition "Childhood", and for being named a "Winner", with nominee citations, in "Fine Art", "Silhouette" and the "Abstract" categories.

Shadow And Light, Black Box Gallery, Portland Oregon. May 1-20, 2014.

Curator: Julia Dolan, Minor White Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum.

Emerging Focus Exhibition, photo l.a., 23rd Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition, January 2014.

The photograph "Night Money" was selected as one of the top 20 outstanding photographs in 2014.

Curator: Peter Frank, Adjunct Senior Curator at the Riverside Art Museum. He has served as Editor of THEmagazine Los Angeles and Visions Art Quarterly, and as critic for Angeleno magazine and the L.A. Weekly.

The Art Of Photography Show, 2013, San Diego Art Institute, California U.S.A. October 12-November 17, 2013.

From as many as 16,000 candidates from around the world, 104 photographers are selected for the gallery exhibition.

Curator: Julia Dolan, Minor White Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum.

This Is The Day Your Life Will Surely Change. Centre 3; Hamilton, Ontario Canada. October-November 2013.


Art of Photography Show. San Diego Art Institute, California, U.S.A.. September-November, 2012.

Curator: Julian Cox, Founding Curator of Photography for the Fine Arts Museums of San
Francisco (FAMSF) and Chief Curator at the de Young Museum, San Francisco, California.

Lens Culture Exposure Awards. The Highly Rated 100. January, 2014.

Worldwide Photography Gala Awards: 6th Edition Pollux Awards. February-March 2014.

Selected as a Finalist in the "Fine Art" Category

Blue Diamond Photo Award, Leipzig Germany, International Photography Contest 2013;

Honored to be granted citations for the Nominee Award and Certificate of Excellence as a finalist

Early Works, 2013-2014.

Honored to be selected as part of the travelling exhibit “Early Works”, a unique blend of photography and the narrative

Curated by Laura Moya and Laura Valenti Jelen.

The Center for Fine Art Photography
Fort Collins, Colorado

February 7 – March 29, 2014

Rayko Photo Center
428 Third Street
San Francisco, CA

October 17 – November 17, 2013

Newspace Center for Photography
1632 SE 10th Avenue
Portland, Oregon

April 5 – 31, 2013

ONWARD COMPE', An International Photography Competition For Emerging Photographers. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. April 11-June 17, 2013.

Photography Masters Cup International Color Awards. 6th Annual Awards. Beverly Hills, California; Mayfair, London, England. February 2013.

Nominee Award in "Abstract" category

International Black & White Spider Awards. London, England. 7th Annual Awards. June 2012.

Nominee Award in "Abstract" category

Dundas Valley School Of Arts, Dundas, Canada. June 2012.




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“Neil Frederick Sharpe uses photography as a vessel, not a mere recording device, to transform the viewer into another world. He investigates a space with an intent to transform, using light, shapes, shadows, and the presence of the human element to make the work universal and open to interpretation. There is definitely a meaning in each image, however, it needs to be searched, the viewer needs to do the work, as the work bounces between fiction and reality, exploring the psychological depths and highs of hope, anxiety, solitude, and loneliness. However, is this work solely about the artist’s experiences or about the viewer’s as well?”

My professional interests include the emotional, psychological, and ethical aspects of health, performance and well being. I have served as a consultant in the evaluation of clinical protocols, therapy delivery and patient/public education programs.

Peter Karuna for his insight and guidance.


Matthew Sharpe for his early interest and support.


Doug Tyson for his experience, suggestions, and wonderful fine art prints.


Martin Renters for his exceptional skills as a fine art printer.

Ian Sharpe for the insightful musical score for gallery exhibitions.

Robert Frank, Ray Metzker, Edward Hopper,
Bill Brandt, Daido Moriyama, Joseph Cornell, Franz Kline, Lee Allen.

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