Artist - Photographer - Film Maker - Exhibitions - Commissions - Talks
I’m interested in the history and stories of locations. Getting lost amongst and within the buildings, cityscapes and landscapes, I archive the forgotten spaces to tell the tales of these sites.
As a reaction to a life spent living in and photographing the city I’m driven to explore and document the city, but also in parallel the natural environment. The process is intuitive; about being and experiencing and then showing how this felt through images and film. The sublime is a key concept within my process and output, as I aim to understand its context within alternative locations. Taking inspiration from paintings within the Romantic era, I use small details and studies of the landscape to create larger scale works that become my interpretation of that particular location.
Through the process of building images, I aim to capture the forms and rhythms of nature and the city. Often as imagined or re-imagined scenes, I aim to create a heightened sense of place that feeds into audience's interaction with the work.
In my practice I use photography, film and digital technology as a prism for seeing and experiencing the world, particularly the natural and urban landscape. I then process and build on what I’ve recorded, presenting this to an audience through immersive experiences.
2017 The Library and the Mountain: Photography exhibition at the Portico, Manchester.
2017 Secret Cities Aberdeen: Photography exhibition, Marischal Collage, part of Spectra Aberdeen Festival of Light.
2016 Field Studies - Odin's Gully. Film piece and collaboration with sound artist Simon Connor, StudioBook Group Exhibtion, Artwork Atelier, Manchester.
2015 Immersion Iceland: Film project, Spectra Festival of Light, Aberdeen, Scotland.
2014 New Worlds: Lead Artist at Art and Algorithms Digital Arts Festival, Titusville, Florida, USA.
2014 Immersion Manchester, film project, Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, England.2013 Secret Cities Sittard Geleen: Museum Het Domein, Sittard, Netherlands.
2012 ‘Home’ Group Exhibition: Cornerhouse, Manchester, England.
2012 Digital Romantics Group Exhibition: The Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough, Halifax and Aubin Gallery London, England.
2011 - 2014 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Collaboration, England.
2011 Secret Cities Zoetermeer: Stadsmuseum Zoetemeer, Netherlands.
2011 New Worlds: The Hive, Manchester, England.
2010 MIDAS Photography of Manchester: MIDAS, Manchester, England.
2010 Pingyao International Photography Festival: Old Town, Pingyao, Shanxi Province, China.
2009 MOSI: Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, England.
2009 PX3 Essence of Water: Farmani Gallery, Brooklyn, USA.
2008-09 Hidden Manchester: URBIS, Manchester, England.
2015 Immersion Iceland: Reykjavik.
2014 Art and Algorithms, lead artist at Digital Arts Festival, Titusville, Florida, USA
2013 Secret Cities Sittard Geleen: Museum Het Domein, Netherlands.
2011 Secret Cities Zoetermeer: Stadsmuseum, Zoetermeer, Netherlands.
2013 Museum Het Domein, Sittard, Netherlands.
2011 Stadsmuseum Zoetemeer, Netherlands.
2010 MOSI Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, England, eight pieces detailing the museums collection.
2016 Winning artist in the Greater Manchester Emerging Contemporary Artist Prize.
2013 Lumen Prize, Global Award for Digital Art.
2009 Winners Showcase Prix de la Photographie Paris exhibited Brooklyn, USA.
"An interesting concept and one that offers a fascinating insight into Europe's urban spaces." Rachael Steven, Creative Review
"In Pictures: How Andrew Brooks is Photoshopping the World" Alice Vencent, Wired Raw File
"Brooks transforms typical scenes and landscapes into places that look like they could only have been constructed in your dreams." Nicholas Jackson, The Atlantic
"There seems to be an increadible intensity to the scenes of these photos."dpi Mag, Tiawan
"To meet a photographer whose portfolio contains one beautiful cityscape after another – well, you’d just assume said snapper worked in New York or Barcelona or Paris." Susie Stubbs, Creative Tourist
"There is a touch of the cosmic in lots of the fantastical panoramas, a deliberate allusion that's hard to miss."Manchester Confidential
Hidden Manchester “a truly beautiful collection.” Sue Steward, BBC Radio 2 Claudia Winkleman’s Arts Show