Sophia Schorr-Kon first picked up a camera on a solo trip around the world in her early twenties. Connecting to the ever-changing environments and people she experienced with her camera she gained a passion for capturing the world around her that led her to study photography in London. Sophia completed her studies and graduated from the London College of Communication in 2006. She has since worked within the industry working commercially for organisations such as The museum of Everything, TED, The Science Museum and The New Statesman. She has also worked closely with music labels such as Sony, Universal and Island.
Sophia has recently published her first book looking in to the world of European Hardcore musicians. The book ‘Balance’ observes these dedicated individuals who contribute to a visceral underground music scene. A safe and supported space for members of the scene to explore and move through anger, aggression and rage through music this community instantly attracted Sophia and led her to document it over three years with the Author Tom Barry.
Sophia’s Commercial background is now giving way to her artistic practice. Looking at Death and Loss through her lens Sophia uses her camera to explore these personal and delicate parts of life. Experiencing loss at an early age Sophia has been inspired to begin to use her camera to investigate this experience and build a body of work that communicates the beauty, wisdom and acceptance of this final and binding experience we all share.
'Ballad of the Women of Times Past' - The Wyresdales series
The delicate balance of life and certainty of death is explored by Sophia Schorr- Kon within a collection of photographs created amongst the corridors of a stately home and the room of an east London Squat. Within both these contrasting settings she manages to bring powerful and delicate observations on the fine line we all walk between the two parallel states of being. Taking reference from the classical Dutch Vanitas Paintings and childhood fables Sophia has recreated these rich historic pieces and threaded them with her own modern touches and interpretations. Using beauty through which to view the darker corners of life her photographs echo gently a reminder of our communal fate and allow us time to reflect on what it is to be alive. Five works make up this exciting exhibition. Placing four photographs from the series ‘Ballad of the Women of Times Past’, commissioned and created within the Victorian Wyresdale Park Estate, side by side with a new unseen piece beginning a large body of work surrounding loss and mourning.