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Tony McAteer

By 30th April 2019May 13th, 2022Individuals, Artists

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. His work illustrates a fascination with urbanism as the boldest expression of social structures acting on us.

He has received several photography awards including Architectural Photographer of the Year at the ND awards in 2016. And most recently been a winner of PDN’s Curator, Fine Art Photography award, 2019.

His work has been included in several international exhibitions, most recently; Open Walls Arles, Galerie Huit, Arles 2020 / ‘Look’ Photo Biennial Liverpool 2019 / PDN Awards, Canoe Studios, NY 2019 / The LA Month of Photography 2018.

For his commercial architectural work he has photographed many high profile projects around the world including:

1 World Trade Centre, NY / Hudson Yards, 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

  • Open Walls Arles, 2020, juried by the Biritsh Journal of Photography and Galerie Huit Arles
  • PDN, The Curator, Fine Art Photography award, 2019
  • Photo Review (US Journal) International Photography Competition 2018, Finalist.
  • Fine Art Photo Awards 2018, 2nd Place, Cityscapes
  • International Photography Grant 2017, Shortlisted
  • Life Framer Series Award 2017, Finalist
  • Life Framer Urban Life Photography Award 2017, Shortlisted
  • Fine Art Photo Awards 2017, 3rd Place, Architecture
  • ND Awards 2016, Architectural Photographer of the Year
  • Moscow International Fotography Awards 2016, Finalist, Architecture Category
  • Moscow International Fotography Awards 2016, Finalist, Abstract Category
  • London Photography Festival 2016, Finalist, Abstract Photography Award
  • 1999 Visual Arts Grant, Arts Council of Ireland


Group exhibitions

  • Open Walls Arles, Galerie Huit Arles, June – Sept 2020
  • The Urban, curated by Offspring Photo Meet & Northern Narratives, June 2020, 
  • City+, Landscape Stories Magazine blog, June 2020
  • TogSpace; UK online Photography Journal – City+;
  • PDN, Curator, Fine Art Photography award exhibition, Canoe Studios, NY, Nov 2019
  • ‘Look’ Liverpool Photography Biennial, Oct-Dec, 2019
  • Month of Photography LA, April 2018
  • Enorm Magazine, May/June issue 2018
  • London-China Photography, The Art Pavilion, London, Feb 2018
  • LensCulture; online photography magazine, Editors Pick – China (flat-pack 2)
  • Royal Photographic Society, Urban Photo Festival, Greenwich Gallery, London
  • London Photography Festival, The Crypt, London
  • Rattle, Journal of Art and Writing, issue v. – Scattered Signals
  • Manifest Gallery, Vista; Landscape in Contemporary Art, Cincinnati
  • Scopio Network & Research Group, online exhibition – Large Sites


  • 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.


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