Robin Friend was born in London in 1983, but his childhood growing up in Melbourne, Australia. He now lives back in London with his family, Seren, Dusty and Rocco. He has a BA from the University of Plymouth and an MA from the Royal College of Art.
Friend’s project Bastard Countryside was published by Loose Joints in 2018. In the same year he collaborated with Wayne McGregor to create and direct Winged Bull in the Elephant Case for the BBC - an audacious dance dramatisation of the journey of the National Gallery’s art collection during the second world war.
Friend’s work has been exhibited in galleries and fairs globally ranging from Aperture Gallery in New York to the Pingyao Photography Festival in China, Christies in Paris and at the National Gallery, Somerset House and the Royal Academy of Arts in London. His work has been collected by the Martin Parr Foundation as well as private collections around the world.
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2019 RPS International Photography Exhibition 161 • Bristol
2018 The Nation’s Treasure Caves • National Gallery, London
2017 Syngenta Award • Somerset House, London
2016 The Summer Exhibition • Royal Academy or Arts, London
2015 London’s Burning • ICA, London
2012 Taylor Wessing • National Portrait Gallery, London
2010 reGeneration • Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne