Photographer and visual artist Jaz Kilmister


Jaz Kilmister is a photographer and visual artist based in London. Born in Singapore and raised in South East England, Kilmister received his undergraduate education in design and photography at West Surrey College of Art & Design.

He specialised in digital design, working in advertising as an agency creative, designer and later freelance. After establishing a creative agency in 2006, Kilmister returned to freelance design and creative roles in 2016. During this time, he also trained in photography at Kensington & Chelsea College (later Morley College, Chelsea) where he developed his practice in fine art photography.

Artist Statement

I'm interested in photography as a means to explore the nature of truth. As a way of examining the intersection between perception and illusion. I try to explore and illuminate the strangeness of a reality that I believe is poorly understood.

I strive to capture a psychological space that is both familiar and elusive, like a half-remembered place or the subtext of a forgotten dialogue. To look beneath the surface of the observable in hope of recovering artefacts of value.

My process involves merging darkroom-exposed mixed media, collage and sculpture with digital composite techniques. I combine a rigorous process with chance and intuition to find my way through concept and representation.

It is with a sense of wonder and an archeological curiosity that I pursue my artistic work. In essence an effort to record with a camera that which eludes observation.


Fine Art Photography Award

8th FAPA Awards Nomination for the 'Past Presence' series, 2022.

Fine Art Photography Award

8th FAPA Awards Nomination for the 'Dominion' series, 2022.

Neutral Density Award

A 2021 ND Awards Honourable Mention for the 'Past Presence' series.

Neutral Density Award

ND Awards Honourable Mention for the 'Dominion' series, 2021.

Alison Jackson 'A Day In Your Life' Award

Alison Jackson Studios, 'Highly Commended' in category, 2020 'A Day In Your Life' photo competition for an image from the 'Regenerator' series.

VAA International Exhibition & Scholarship Prize

Shortlisted: VAA International Exhibition & Scholarship Prize 2023 for 'Visitor', from the Aoyin Series.


Group Show | Photology

May 2021 | Chelsea Gallery, Chelsea Centre for the Creative Industries, Hortensia Road, London SW10 0QS

Group show | Unfamiliar Travels

May 2019 | 508 Gallery, King's Road, London SW10 0LD

Group Show | Framework

July 2017 | Nolia's Gallery, 60 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 0BL

Jaz Kilmister, photographer and visual artist. The 'Past Presence' project.

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