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Silver 2022 Book / Fine Art


  • Photographer
    Kirsty Mitchell
  • Agency / Studio
    Kirsty Mitchell Photography
  • Prize
    Silver in Book / Fine Art

The Wonderland Book is created in memory of Mitchell's mother who died from cancer in 2008. This deeply personal project has taken 5 years to create, with a further 2 years to bring the book to fruition. This huge volume contains over 640 photographs, featuring all 74 pieces in the Wonderland series, as well as extensive behind the scenes imagery of the shoots and the costumes made by Kirsty. The book also contains the journal kept by Kirsty throughout the duration of the project, which explains the development and meaning of the works, as well as the emotions she experienced behind the lens.

Described as a multi-faceted artist, fine art photographer Kirsty Mitchell draws on her past careers in fashion design and costume making, to produce images of beguiling dream-like worlds all shot in the ancient woodlands that surround her home. Kirsty describes her approach as ‘Fantasy for Real’ spending months meticulously handcrafting her character’s costumes and props. Mitchell has exhibited in museums, galleries and institutions and has featured in many of the world’s leading press. Her series Wonderland is now a successful book and an international touring museum show with Fotografiska.