John Peter Askew


Photographs from Russia 1996-2017

John Peter Askew is an artist who works with the camera to create dense, poetic images of domestic life, and of the historical forces that shape who we are. Since 1996 he has photographed the Russian city of Perm, the easternmost city in Europe, as part of a project investigating the state of modern Europe. While We is an extended epic portrait across generations of a single family, the Chulakovs, these photographs transcend their particular circumstances. Askew pays attention to our ‘best selves’, asking us to imagine the possibility of a better, more playful world, and pointing towards who we might yet become.

Askew has worked with photography as his principal medium since 1994. He has exhibited at venues including The Photographers’ Gallery, London; Ikon, Birmingham; the National Museum of Photography; Dilston Grove, London; and at major international exhibitions including Recontres de la Photographie d’Arles, (1998) and the Prague Biennale (2005).

The 384 page book has 162 colour photographs and includes texts by the leading historian of photography Ian Jeffrey, the curator and writer Fatos Ustek, artist Lee Triming; and curator Alistair Robinson.

Published by Kerber Verlag Berlin and launched at the Photographer’s Gallery, London to accompany the artists exhibition at The Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland 2019

For further information about WE and Askew’s other projects visit his website