Chris Harrison is a photographic artist from the North-East of England. Before graduating with an MA in photography from the Royal College of Art, he started as an apprentice at the local shipyard when he was 15 years old. It was later, while serving as a sniper in the British army that he took up photography. Harrison was awarded the 16th Bradford Fellowship in Photography at the National Media Museum for which he produced the work Copper Horses. His first monograph I Belong Jarrow was published by Schilt and is part of the North of England photography collection held by the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art. His work has been shown widely including Arles Photo Festival, the Barbican, Tate Britain, the German Historical Museum and the Imperial War Museum, while his photographs are included in the collections of the V&A Museum, the Imperial War Museum, the National Media Museum, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Irish Gallery of Photography and the British Council. 

Selected Exhibitions

Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, England. Sites of Memory II 2018

Manchester Central Library, Manchester, England. Hit the North 2018

The 16th Bradford Fellow in Photography, The National Media Museum, Bradford, England. Copper Horses 2014

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Sunderland, England.

“You Are The Company in Which You Keep” I Belong Jarrow 2014

Imperial War Museum, Manchester, England. Catalyst: Contemporary Art and War 2013

PUG Gallery, Oslo Norway. I Belong Jarrow 2013

Galleri F15, Moss, Norway. Menn 2012

Museo Macro Testaccio, Rome, Italy. Motherland 2011

Tate Gallery, London, England. How we are: Photographing Britain 2007

The German Historical Museum, Berlin, Germany. Der Weltkrieg, Ereignis und Erinnerung

Kunstbanken på Hamar, Hamar, Norway. Wood You Be Mine 2004

The Barbican, London, England. Absolut Studio with Martin Parr 2002

Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland. For Evermore 2000

Brighton University Gallery, Brighton, England. Sites of Memory

Viewpoint Photography Gallery, Salford, England. Sang a Sable 1999

Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales. Sites of Memory 1998

Arles Photographic Festival, Arles, France. Les Anglais vus par les Anglais

The Imperial War Museum London, England. Sites of Memory 1997

Leaconfield Hall, Petworth, England. Country Life 1996

Derby University Gallery, Derby, England. Under the Hood 1995

Oldham Municipal Art Gallery, Oldham, England. Under the Hood

Viewpoint Photography Gallery, Salford, England. Under the Hood 1994

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, England. Whatever Happened to Audra Patterson?

Zone Gallery, Newcastle, England. Whatever Happened to Audra Patterson? 1992

Photoscape, San Francisco, USA. FIBUA 1991



The Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The National Media Museum, Bradford, England.

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, France.

Imperial War Museum London, England.

The British Council.

The Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland, England.

Irish Gallery of Photography, Dublin.

Schwerin Kulturampt, Germany.

Photoworks UK.



Norwegian Fritt Ord Art Grant 2018

16th Bradford Fellow in Photography National Media Museum, Bradford 2013

North East Photography Network Bursary 2013

Houston Fotofest Scholarship 2010

Sir James Knott Scholarship 1999

Royal College of Art Scholarship 1998

Northern Arts Travel Grant 1992

Northern Arts Production Award 1991


Selected Bibliography

Ruddle, Patricia Ann - “I Belong Jarrow”. The Royal Photographic Society Journal. Spring 2014

Martin, Lee - “I Belong Jarrow”. The Independent on Sunday. September 16 2012

Williams, Val – Chris Harrison Essay “I Belong Jarrow”. Monograph September 2012

Prüst, Marc - “Motherland”. Motherland Catalogue. September 2011

Bright, Susan Ed - “How we are: Photographing Britain”. Tate Publishing. 2007

Brendmoe, Markus - “Fotografier”. Markus Brendmoe Paintings etc. 2007

Tolson, Roger - “Spurensuche”. Der Weltkrieg Ereignis und Erinnerung Catalogue. 2004

Neill, Peter - “For Evermore”. For Evermore Catalogue. 2000

Brett, David - “War Memorials”. Source Magazine #21. Winter 1999

Kerr, Joe - “War & Peace”. Blueprint. November 1998

Bauret, Gabriel - “Les Anglais vus par les Anglais”. Arles Festival Catalogue. July 1998

Moriarty, Catherine - “Sites of Memory”. Sites of Memory Catalogue. October 1997

Benni, Stefano - “Fanny & Darko”. Bologna Maylight Catalogue. May 1997

Jerrome, Peter - “Noblesse Oblige”. Country Life Catalogue. September 1996

Arnaudet, Didier - “Presence”. L`Art dans la Ville Catalogue. November 1995

Williams, Val - “Stories of the Self”. Art Press 196. France November 1994

Prof. Maron, K W - “Live portrait”. Schweriner Fotowerkstatt Katalog. Germany 1994

Williams, Val - “Salford Knights”. The Guardian Weekend. June 18 1994

Williams, Val - “Under the Hood”. Viewpoint Gallery Catalogue. 1994

Sinden, David - “Chris Harrison & Andreas Serrano at Zone”. Profil. Slovakia 1994

Harrison, Chris - “Jarrow Elvis”. Camera Austria. Austria. April 1993.

Little, Mark - “Whatever Happened to Audra Patterson ?” Creative Camera #318. 1992

Tregaskis, Kate - “Whatever Happened to Audra Patterson ?” Zone Gallery Catalogue.1992

Mitchison, Amanda - “Anatomy of a Classroom” The Independent Magazine. August 8 1992

Reinhardt, David - “Soldier in Brecon”. San Francisco Photoscape 91 Catalogue. June 1991