Tony McAteer

By 30th April 2019 June 18th, 2019 Irish Photographers

Born 28th August 1973 (Belfast)


Tony McAteer is an Irish photographer from Belfast, based in Bath, UK. He holds a Master’s in Fine Art & Visual Culture from the Bath Spa University College since 1999, and a BA in Fine Art at National College of Art & Design, Dublin since 1997.
He has been the recipient of several photography awards including Architectural Photographer of the Year at the ND awards in 2016, most recently being selected as a finalist for the US journal Photo Review Competition 2018 by Sarah Meister, Photography Curator at Museum of Modern Art, New York. His work has also been included in several international exhibitions, most recently the LA Month of Photography in May 2018.

Both thrilling and frightening, massive urban growth is one of the global features of our time. His work examines social narratives inherent in the structures and transformations of urban growth around the world. For commercial architectural work, he has photographed many high-profile construction projects around the world, including 1 World Trade Centre, NY Christies, Shanghai, The National Museum of Qatar, Doha, BBC Broadcasting House, London, BBC Media City, Manchester, Hoglands, Grade 1 listed restoration of Henry Moore’s former home & etching studio, Tate, St. Ives

Awards and honours

  • 2018 International Photography Competition, Photo Review (US Journal), Finalist, US
  • 2018 Cityscapes, 2nd Place, Fine Art Photo Awards
  • 2017 Architecture, 3rd Place, Fine Art Photo Awards
  • 2017 Series Award, Finalist, Life Framer, US
  • 2017 Urban Life Photography Award, Shortlisted, Life Framer, US
  • 2016 Architectural Photographer of the Year, ND Awards, US
  • 2016 Architecture Category, Finalist, Moscow International Fotography Awards, Russia
  • 2016 Abstract Category, Finalist, Moscow International Fotography Awards, Russia
  • 2016 Abstract Photography Award, Finalist, London Photography Festival, UK
  • 1999 Visual Arts Grant, Arts Council of Ireland


Group exhibitions

  • 2018 April, Month of Photography LA, Lucie Foundation, Los Angeles, US
  • 2018 Feb, London-China Photography, Global Chinese Photography Association, The Art Pavilion, London
  • 2016 Editors’ Pick, LensCulture, Online Magazine
  • 2016 Urban Photo Festival, Royal Photographic Society, Greenwich Gallery, London
  • 2016 London Photography Festival, The Crypt, London
  • 2015 Vista; Landscape in Contemporary Art, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, US


  • Crowned (2018)
    Crowned looks at signature architecture and skylines. A vivid use of colour and form portray them as grand objects – global beacons of beauty, ambition and extravagance. These elaborate facades and tech enabled structures are the jewellery of our global culture. As an expression of corporate and political power, they are keenly worn by cities to present themselves as players on the world stage.
  • Flat-pack (Shenyang & Chengdu) (2018)
    Flat-pack (Shenyang & Chengdu) looks at the wholesale remodelling of two Chinese city centres into hubs of commerce. Working on both an abstract and documentary level, the photographs capture the unsettling, chaotic, limbo space that people have to negotiate during this massive upheaval of their homes, workplace and way of life.
  • City+ (2016)
    City+ is a series of photographs taken over many years in regions at the forefront of urban growth; the Middle East, India and China. The project probes at the global narratives inherent in the striking features of urbanism – brand new skylines, epic planning, extensive landscaping, satellite districts, ambitious infrastructure, sprawling housing and extravagant architecture.


External links & References

“Tony McAteer” on LensCulture