Artist Blog

Every week an artist whose single image was published by Der Greif is given a platform in which to blog about contemporary photography.

Alice Zoo

Jul 14, 2019 - Ali Kate Cherkis

“The first image is a portrait of Jess, a close friend and very talented artist. I took this photograph of her in Scotland when she was pregnant with her son John. She’s a truly wonderful mother, and wore it all so naturally from the beginning; I’m so glad to have recorded this particular moment in her life.


The second image I shot when I was on commission in Turkey, and we were out on a boat trip. The woman in the picture is a Russian tourist, and – ironically, given that you can’t see her face in the image I eventually ended up choosing – she was probably the most beautiful person I’ve ever seen, in a completely innate and natural way. She had the glow of a Renaissance painting. I was lying around on the deck and I asked the woman if I could photograph her, and we realised pretty quickly that we didn’t have a single word of language in common, but she smiled and was at ease with my camera. Over the course of an hour or so I took a few pictures of her and her baby as they played together, napped together. It was one of those moments where everything seemed to cohere, and I wasn’t stressed trying to catch ‘the moment’; it all just fell together naturally.”


Alice Zoo is a photographer and writer based in London. Her photos have been exhibited in galleries around the world, including the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize Exhibition. She approaches her work with sensitivity and intuition– a quiet breath which can be heard through her images and compelled me to chose these photos for this feature.