Paul Gadd is a British photographer living and working from Seoul, South Korea. His photography began whilst he was studying fine art at the Epsom School of Art in the UK, when he had to photograph some of his sculptures because they were too big to move. Intrigued, Paul decided to switch his focus and acquired a BA in Photography in the Arts at Swansea Metropolitan University.
When he graduated in 1997, Paul entered the Young Catwalk Photographer of the Year competition organised jointly by The Independent newspaper and Clothes Show Live and placed second out of 2,500 entrants. He was then offered a job by the legendary catwalk photographer Chris Moore and worked with him shooting fashion shows for the next four years.
Keen to explore other fields, Paul turned freelance and moved to Asia, where he began concentrating on fashion and portrait photography and participating in solo and joint exhibitions.
After a few years of working with fashion magazines and shooting more commercial work, he turned his interest back to film photography. Since then his commercial career has focused mainly on documentary shoots for magazines.
In 2011 Paul jointly run a photography studio and gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia called The Print Room. Here he would teach the traditional methods of film photography and darkroom printing, also curating exhibitions for professional and the small community of emerging photographers that The Print Room has created.
His work—whether in colour or in black and white—can range from the dark to the humorous, but it always includes a personal dimension, whether it’s his experiences or perspective on world issues.
Paul's photographs are manipulated by scratching or toning the negatives, adding different mediums during
hand-printing, then bleaching, toning and encaustic on the final stage. Though his works are in editions, each photograph is an original.
Studied fine art at Epsom school of art.
Bachelors in photography in the arts, Swansea metropolitan university
"Fin" The Print Room, Kuala Lumpur, August 2019 (Group)
Artrooms Roma, Church village hotel, Rome. March 2019
“State of mind”, The Print Room, Kuala Lumpur, February 2019 (Solo)
Artrooms Seoul, Riverside hotel, Seoul, October 2018
Art Expo Malaysia Plus 2018
Art Expo Malaysia Plus 2017
Village/Up your alley (Joint exhibition) Art space 1, Penang, September 2015 (Group)
Twisted Life, The Print Room, Kuala Lumpur, July 2015 (Group)
“Village”, The Print Room, Kuala Lumpur, April 2015 (Group)
Up your alley, The Print Room, Kuala Lumpur, September 2014 (Group)
“It’s still life…” China House, Penang, September 2014 (Group)
“It’s still life…” Reka Art space, Penang, August 2014 (Group)
Body, The Print Room, Kuala Lumpur, May 2014 (Group)
Art Collaboration, A-collection + Gallery Topic, Seoul, March 2014 (Group)
“It’s still life…” The Print Room, Kuala Lumpur, November 2013 (Group)
48, The Print Room, Kuala Lumpur, June 2013 (Group)
Within these walls, China House, Penang February 2013 (Group)
Within these walls, The Print Room, Kuala Lumpur December 2012 (Group)
Market, China House, Penang, 2012 (Group)
Market, The Print Room, Kuala lumpur, July 2012 (Group)
Five Minutes, China House, Penang February 2012 (Solo)
10, The Print Room, Kuala Lumpur, October 2011 (Group)
Five Minutes, The Print Room, Kuala Lumpur July 2011 (Solo)
Arts & Earth KL PAC, Kuala Lumpur 2006 (Group)
Home of Peace Orphanage, Charity Exhibition, BSC, Kuala Lumpur 2006 (Solo)
BLINK, Darling Muse, Kuala Lumpur 2005 (Group)
When I Grow Up…!In Aid of National Cancer Society Malaysia, BSC, KL 2004 (Solo)
COLOUR, Stonor Centre, Kuala Lumpur 2003 (Solo)
PIGS MIGHT FLY, Centro Cultural, Mallorca 1994 (Solo)