Scott Mead initially began photographing at around the age of 13 when he received an old camera which had belonged to his grandfather, a former press photographer who he had accompanied on assignments as a small child. He continued his photographic work throughout high school and college, studying with and inspired by Emmet Gowin and William Eggleston, among many others.
Following a successful career in investment banking in New York and London, Scott took the decision to return to fine art photography. In early 2009, on a dark January evening, he brought ten large boxes, unopened for decades, down from the attic. He broadly recalled that they contained his former photographic life of old cameras, thousands of mostly large-format negatives, prints and other links to this earlier time in life. After this discovery, he spent a significant time going through this material followed by a few years of further investigation and discussions with many very supportive artists, writers and friends.
A solo exhibition and an accompanying book, Looking Back, containing work from earlier times, then followed. In the subsequent years he has had numerous exhibitions and participated in group shows including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Most recently Scott exhibited his Above the Clouds series in a solo presentation at Hamiltons Gallery in London. The series was accompanied by a book of the same title, published by Prestel, containing 87 colour plates, with an insightful introductory essay.
His photographs are in many institutional and private collections around the world. All profits from print and book sales are donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, where one of his children was cured of a life-threatening illness many years ago.
Further details about Scott's photography and books can be seen on his website scottmeadfineartphotography.com