A window into his world: London-based photographer and filmmaker Gabriel Moses is showcasing his first exhibition Regina at 180 Studios. The exhibition features fifty photographs from Moses’ trajectory through fashion, music, and sport. The South London photographer takes pride in his Nigerian heritage and stresses the importance of family and community at the forefront of his work. The event also premieres two short films directed by Moses.
Self-taught, Moses’ work is instantly recognisable, deep in contrast, and highly saturated, his distinctive command of shadow, composition and colour make him on of the United Kingdom’s rising talents. His unique photographic eye has captured the attention of both the fashion and music worlds and his star-studded portfolio include Little Simz, Skepta, Pharrell, Central Cee, Corteiz and A$AP Rocky.

Moses was offered his first directing role with Nike at the young age of 18, a few years later, at 21, he became the youngest photographer to shoot a cover for Dazed. His work has been commissioned for adidas, Dior, Moncler, Supreme, Mercedes, Burberry, and AWGE, and his photographs have appeared in several publications and editorials, such as Harper’s Bazaar, The Face, i-D, 032c or The New York Times. Now, at 24, the South-London photographer is revealing a series of never-before-seen images for his debut exhibition.

Putting emotive storytelling and imagery at the centre of his work, heritage, identity, and community have continuously shaped Moses' aesthetic. Characterised by deep, moody colour palettes, Moses' inspiration stems from his fascination with black and white ancestral photography, religious artwork, iconography, and storytelling. While a lot of his work has been inspired by his old family pictures (colours, positions, poses), Moses believes that there is power in knowing nothing and learning as you go along, trusting your own tase, instincts, and having the confidence to establish your vision.

Ijó, the first of the exhibition’s two films, captures a group of young ballet dancers at the Leap of Dance Academy in a suburb of Lagos, (Nigeria). The second film, Regina, comes from the Latin for queen, a personal film dedicated to the women in his life. A firm believer in brining people together, Moses treats his subjects casually in order to truly grasp their personality and direct the work towards reflecting that.

The exhibition will run throughout the month of April and will also feature an artist’s book, published by 180 Studios, showcasing images from his film Ijó. The original score for the film will be released as a limited vinyl edition by The Vinyl Factory.
Gabriel Moses' exhibition Regina is now on view until April 30th at London's 180 Studios.
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