Photographer, filmmaker & visual anthropologist. 
My interests lie in understanding human environmental relations, the perception of risk and the way that people tell stories to help make sense of change. I have regional expertise in Central Asia, specifically Kazakhstan.
For artist print sales please email. Books and prints can be found at my online shop​​​​​​​
Contact: alex@myriadfilm.com​​​​​​​
Education
PhD Social Anthropology, St Chad's College, University of Durham
MA Visual Anthropology, Goldsmiths College, University of London
BA Anthropology, St Chad's College, University of Durham

Awards
British Academy Stein-Arnold Exploration Fund 2023-2024
Exhibitor in Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize 2023
Selected for Royal Photographic Society's IPE 162 Exhibition 2020
Finalist in EyeEm Awards. Photojournalist Category 2018
NEDTC Doctoral Studentship Award 2013-2017

Talks
2023
5th April - "Can you have a business model for visual anthropology?", NURCE Narrative Research Training Programme, Astana, Kazakhstan
24th March - Artist Talk, Cauchemar Idea, Almaty, Kazakhstan
7th March - Convenor and Discussant, "Collaborative visualisation: the potential for visual anthropologists to support academics from other disciplines, to communicate and further their research using creative methodologies." Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival Conference
28th October - In Conversation with Alexander Parkyn-Smith on Documentary Photography, WEX Photo Video London

2020
30th September - Museum of Corruption student workshop for East Riding County Council
15th February - RPS Snapshots talk for the opening of IPE 162 exhibition


Exhibitions
2024
'Portrait of Mars', Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London, November 9th 2023 - February 25th 2024

2023
'Together we have it all', Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan, April 5th-7th 2023
'Together we have it all', Atelier Cauchemar, Almaty, Kazakhstan, March 23rd - 24th 2023
'Together we have it all', Arslanbob, Kyrgyzstan, March 2023
'Together we have it all', Bel Tam CBT Camp, Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan, March 2023
'Portrait of Mars', Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, November 9th - February 25th 2024

2022
Royal Photographic Society IPE 162 - 3 images selected from the project 'Museum of Corruption'
The Museum of Gloucester: 27th January - 5th June 2022

2021
Royal Photographic Society IPE 162 - 3 images selected from the project 'Museum of Corruption'
Museum of Somerset, Taunton: 9th May - 10th July 2021
2020
Royal Photographic Society IPE 162 - 3 images selected from the project 'Museum of Corruption'
Beverley Art Gallery, Beverley: 13 June - 12 September 2020
Royal Albert Hall, London: 2 April - 27 April 2020 (Cancelled due to Covid-19)
RPS House, Bristol: 15 February - 22 March 2020​​​​​​​
Books/Articles/Papers
April 2023 - ‘Together we have it all: Women Entrepreneurs In Kyrgyzstan's Community-Based Tourism Sector’, Yousafzai, S; Parkyn-Smith, A; Sailaukhanova, D; Chaia, A; Omran, W; Lennartz, E; Amirbekova, J, Myriad Press
April 2023 - 'A Business Model for Visual Anthropology'?, Nazarbayev University School of Business (NUGSB), Business Digest, 2023/21, NURCE
March 2023 - , 'Visual anthropology across disciplines: visual ethnography and research with women entrepreneurs in Kyrgyzstan', paper delivered at the RAI film festival conference 2023. Talk hosted at Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol, UK
March 2022 - 'War in Ukraine - An Interview with Dr. Taras Fedirko', featuring images from our collaboration in Ukraine. ASA Online, Journal of the Association of Social Anthropologists
Install Shots
IPE 162 RPS House, Bristol, 2020
IPE 162 RPS House, Bristol
IPE 162 RPS House, Bristol
IPE 162 RPS House, Bristol
IPE 162 RPS House, Bristol
IPE 162 RPS House, Bristol
IPE 162 RPS House, Bristol
Atelier Cauchemar, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 2023
Atelier Cauchemar, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 2023
Atelier Cauchemar, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 2023
Atelier Cauchemar, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 2023
Atelier Cauchemar, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 2023
Atelier Cauchemar, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 2023
Atelier Cauchemar, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 2023
Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan, 2023
NU, Astana, Kazakhstan, 2023
NU, Astana, Kazakhstan, 2023
NU, Astana, Kazakhstan, 2023
NU, Astana, Kazakhstan, 2023
NU, Astana, Kazakhstan, 2023
NU, Astana, Kazakhstan, 2023
Arslanbob, Kyrgyzstan, 2023
Arslanbob, Kyrgyzstan, 2023
Arslanbob, Kyrgyzstan, 2023
Arslanbob, Kyrgyzstan, 2023
Arslanbob, Kyrgyzstan, 2023
Arslanbob, Kyrgyzstan, 2023
Arslanbob, Kyrgyzstan, 2023
Bel Tam, Issyk Kul, 2023
Bel Tam, Issyk Kul, 2023
Bel Tam, Issyk Kul, 2023
Tearsheets
EyeEm Awards 2018. Finalist in the Photojournalist category.
EyeEm Awards 2018. Finalist in the Photojournalist category.
EyeEm Awards 2018. Finalist in the Photojournalist category.
EyeEm Awards 2018. Finalist in the Photojournalist category.
Exposure Magazine 2018
Exposure Magazine 2018
Exposure Magazine 2018
Exposure Magazine 2018
To read the short story inspired by my photograph visit: https://www.athousandwordphotos.com/primavera