Josh Empson is a fine art documentary photographer based in Somerset and the Cotswolds. His practice stems from the loss of his mother, his work reflects the subconscious feelings associated with the grief and memories of her. Empson’s work uses processes of analogue photography to create imagery and relies heavily on the use of large format photography as well as the darkroom to further his knowledge of the photographic narrative.  

Available for commissions.

Creator of Unholy Photobooks



Bath Spa University, BA Hons Photography 

First class honours

Features, exhibitions and awards:

2023 ‘Grandad’s haircut’ IPE 165, Royal Photographic Society shortlisted. LINK

2023 Emerge summer exhibition, Newark Works, Bath.

2023 Artist in residence at Emerge Studios, Bath, Sion Hill.

2023 ‘Encounters- Ellie, 2021’ IPE 164, Royal Photographic Society finalist. LINK

2022 ‘Encounters’ & ‘The Final Portrait’ IPE 164, Royal Photographic Society shortlisted. LINK

2022 ‘Young in focus’ LINK

2022 ‘Death and Daisies’ Bath Spa University undergraduate degree show, Bath.

2022 ‘Up from here’ The Island, Bristol.

2022 ‘Bawdasher’ Michael Pennie Gallery, COACT, Bath Spa University, Bath.

2021 ‘Encounters, Ellie’ Lensculture Competition Gallery. LINK

2020 ‘Sanctuary’ Locksbrook Road, Bath Spa University, Bath.

2020 ‘The final portrait’ Heal grief organisation. LINK


2022 ‘Being an Artist, Being a Photographer’ Panel discussion, The Drawing Rooms, Bath.


2022 ‘Death and Daisies’ VIEW

2021 ‘Sanctuary’ 

2021 ‘Fairy Cave Quarry rocks’ 

2021 ‘Yanworth farmland trees’ 

2020 ‘Love You To The Moon And Back.’ 

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Images © Josh Empson