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by Jane Roe

Anthony Epes was born in Athens Greece to a Greek mother and Black American father. Raised in California, he currently lives on the Southern coast of Spain.

Influenced by his early studies of color photography, Epes ventured into experimental development of film and produced the highly acclaimed Arboreal Dreams series of fine art prints. 

There is a sense of aloneness that permeates Epe’s images, a physical aspect of wanting to always travel and shoot alone. But also a deep stirring of someone who has never found their place in the world. The feeling of isolation that comes in and out of all of our lives. 

Epes was powerfully influenced by Ernst Haas as a young photographer, and continues in his footsteps of celebrating light and finding beauty in even the most mundane places. 

Epes has published three photo books of his decade-long wanderings through cities at dawn. He has been featured in many international press including the BBC, CNN, Atlas Obscura, the Guardian and French Photo Magazine. Epes is currently working on his fourth book.



Born 1968
1984 Group show VAFB
1992-96 Brooks Institute of Photography
1996 Graduation show
1996 Accelerated Colour,The Brewery Art Walk, Los Angeles
1997 Vague love: a family forgotten (distance by choice),The Brewery art walk, Los Angeles
2003 London at Dawn book launch, Stoney Street Gallery, London
2004 London at Dawn, Arts & Crafts Guild, London
2004 Portraits, Affordable Art fair, Capital Culture Gallery, London
2005 Affordable Art fair, White Wall partners
2006 Arts Angel group show, Royal College of Art, London
2007 Arboreal Dreams, Capital Culture gallery, London (group show)
2008 Arboreal Dreams, Popup gallery Barnes, Barnes, UK
2009 Arboreal Dreams,The Gallery at Redchurch Street, London
2009 London at Dawn, C46 Gallery, London
2010 Paris at Dawn, Popup Gallery, London
2010 London at Dawn, Mayor’s office for the Story of London festival, London
2013 Paris and London at Dawn book launch, St. Pancras International concourse, London
2013 Paris and London at Dawn, Foyles Gallery, London
2014 Homeless World Cup portraits, Downstairs at Mother London, London
2014 Homeless World Cup portraits, East End film festival, London
2014 Homeless World Cup portraits, Gallery at Leo Burnett, London
2017 Istanbul, East End Film Festival, London
2017 East London at Dawn book launch, Lehman Locke Hotels, London

Publications and Awards

2003 London at Dawn, John Blake Publishing
2009 Urban Photographer of the Year Award, CBRE
2012 Judge for the Urban Photographer of the Year award
2011-2012 Judge for The Environmental Photographer of the Year Award, CIWEM
2016-17 Judge for the Urban Photographer of the Year Award
2013 London at Dawn 2nd edition with Stephen Fry, John Bird Metro Publishing
2013 Paris at Dawn book hardback
2017 East London at Dawn hardback, Lehman Locke

Media and Press

2001-03 Photo editor, The Big Issue, Los Angeles
2003 An interview on BBC London TV by Brenda Emmanus,
2003 An accompanying piece on the BBC London website
2003 French Photo magazine – two feature/news pieces
2006 Feature in Amateur Photographer magazine
2007 Feature in Professional Photographer magazine
2003-2010 Various Features in The Big Issue UK
2014 Interview on CNN photography
2016 BBC London Radio interview with Robert Elms
2016 The Guardian: weekend supplement and Observer Magazine
2016 Evening Standard highlight
2017 The East End Film Festival

Casting new light on old cities

Think of a city and you will probably picture a busy, crowded and noisy place, but even the most densely populated capitals have a very different side.

American photographer Anthony Epes is travelling the world, capturing cities such as Paris, London and Singapore at dawn.

He explains why he believes it is worth getting up very early to experience cities in a different light.

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