Errol Sawyer

Errol Sawyer

Amsterdam, Western Europe, Netherlands

About Errol Sawyer

Errol Sawyer (born 1943, Florida, USA) is the son of African-American playwright Robert Earl Sawyer (1923-1994). Errol Sawyer currently lives and works between New York City and Amsterdam, Holland. He grew up in New York City, Harlem and the Bronx, studied history and political science at NYU, but found his vocation as a photographer while traveling in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in 1968. Sawyer bought his first camera in 1966 and became a professional photographer in 1969. Living and working in Paris and London in the early 1970's, he received commissions for Elle, Dépêche Mode and French Vogue. In 1978 he returned to New York and worked for American Vogue, New York Magazine and many other magazines. Since 1984 Errol Sawyer has devoted his energy toward the realization of special project assignments in the commercial arena. However, most of his time is concentrated in fine art photography. Since 2006 Sawyer has also been a guest professor of photography at the Technical University Delft, Holland. Sawyer has held exhibitions at the 4th Street Gallery (New York, USA), the Royal Photographic Society (Bath, England), La Musée de la Photographie (Bièvre, France), Foto Huset Gallery (Götenburg, Sweden), No Name Gallery (Basel, Switzerland) and La Chambre Claire Gallery (Paris, France). His work has been purchased by La Bibliothèque Nationale (Paris, France), La Musée de la Photographie (Bièvre, France), Schomburg Library of Black Culture (Harlem, New York) and the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, Texas).

Education

Saint Thomas Aquinas Grammar School
James Monroe High School
Morris High School
NYU School of Continuing Education

Events

Sem Presser Grant 2015
Mondriaan Foundation Grant 2018

Exhibitions

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

La Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris.
36 black & white Silver Gelatin Fiber Base prints, 30 x 40 cm, of the portfolio ‘Children of East End’, London, 1973.
1991 Le Musée Français de la Photographie, Bièvres, France.
6 black & white Silver Gelatin Fiber Base prints, 30 x 40 cm, of the portfolio ‘Children of East End’.
Schomburg Library of Black Culture, Harlem, New York.
40 black & white Silver Gelatin Fiber Base prints, 30 x 40 cm, of ‘New York, 1974-1997’.
La Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris.
1 colour Fiber Based print, 30 x 40 cm: ‘Homeless’, Washington Square Park, New York, 1995.
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England. Work included in the Art Library.
Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas, USA.
2 black & white Silver Gelatin Fiber Base prints, 30 x 40 cm, in the Manfred Heiting Collection: ‘Mirror Reflections of Martha Carr’ (eyes open and eyes closed), New York, 1970.
2012 Tate Britain, London, UK. Eric and Louise Franck donated 21 prints from Errol Sawyer in their ‘London Collection’.

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Eric Franck, London, England. 21 black & white Silver Gelatin Fiber Base prints, 30 x 40 cm, of the portfolio ‘Children of East End’, London, 1973.
Florence Janmot, Paris, France. 2 b & w Silver Gelatin Fiber Base prints, 30 x 40 cm: ‘Man Feeding Bird’ and ‘Woman with Bag’, Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, 1974.
Fadi Zahar, La Chambre Claire Gallery, Paris, France. 4 b & w, Silver Gelatin Fiber Base prints, 30 x 40 cm: ‘Fat Chessplayer’, ‘Man at Street Corner’, ‘Jennifer’ and ‘Skaters’, New York, 1986-1994.
Neeltje Fischer-Lust, Amsterdam, Holland. 2 b & w Silver Gelatin Fiber Base prints, 30 x 40 cm: ‘Skaters in Central Park’, New York, 1995 and ‘Vanished House’, Montreuil, 1999.
François Claessens, Amsterdam, Holland. 3 b & w Silver Gelatin Fiber Base prints, 30 x 40 cm: ‘Change’, A’dam, 1995, ‘Build Eye’, New York, 1986 and ‘Vanished House’, Montreuil, 1999.
Peter Knapp, Cergy, France. 1 b & w Silver Gelatin Fiber Base print, 30 x 40 cm: ‘Vanished House’, Montreuil, 1999.
2001 Linda Sperling. Albuquerque, U.S.A. 1 b & w Silver Gelatin Fiber Base print, 30 x 40 cm: ‘Vanished House’, Montreuil, 1999.
Nadia Jacobeth, New York City, U.S.A. 1 b & w Silver Gelatin Fiber Base print, 30 x 40 cm: ‘Skaters’, Central Park, New York, 1994.
Gert Poelzl, Montreuil, France. 1 b &w Silver Gelatin Fiber Base print, 30 x 40 cm: ‘Vanished House’, Montreuil, 1999.
Pierre Ferron, St. Florent sur Cher, France. 1 b & w, Silver Gelatin Fiber Base print, 30 x 40 cm: ‘Skaters in Central Park’, New York, 1995.
2002 Theo Poort, Zaltbommel, Holland. 1 b & w Silver Gelatin Fiber Base print, 30 x 40 cm: ‘Man Feeding Bird’, Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris,1973.
Manfred Heiting, Amsterdam, Holland. 2 b & w Silver Gelatin Fiber Base prints, 30 x 40 cm: ‘Mirror Reflections of Martha Carr’(eyes open and eyes closed), New York, 1975.
2003 Franziska Puhan-Schulz, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. 1 b & w silver gelatin print, 30 x 40 cm: ‘Man on Door’, New York, 1995.
Joëlle and Erwin Landrichter, Vienna, Austria. 1 b &w Silver Gelatin Fiber Base print, 30 x 40 cm: ‘Couple’, Hamburg, Germany, 1988.
2004 Ralph Jacob, Paris, France. 1 b & w Silver Gelatin Fiber Base print, 30 x 40 cm: ‘Skaters’, Central Park, New York, 1995.
2010 Franziska Bollerey, Delft, Holland. 1 b & w Silver Gelatin Fiber Base print, 30 x 40 cm: ‘Vanished House’, Montreuil, 1999.
2012 Monique , Paris, France. 1 b & w Silver Gelatin Fiber Base print, 30 x 40 cm: ‘Beauford Delaney’, Rue Guilleminot, Paris,1973.
Frank Groen, 1e Jan Steenstr 107, Amsterdam, Holland. 1 b&w Silver Gelatin Fiber Base Print, 30 x 40 cm, ‘Skaters in Central Park’, New York, 1995.
2013 Frank Groen, 1e Jan Steenstr 107, Amsterdam, Holland. 13 b&w Silver Gelatin Fiber Base Print, 30 x 40 cm, of the portfolio City Mosaic.