Following the success of Tom Piper’s recent film release, ‘Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf’, we are proud to launch his latest 18-minute short film for the Garden Museum; a portrait of one of the world’s leading garden photographers, Andrew Lawson.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A between Tom and Andrew, and Andrew will take us through a selection of his favourite images. This event also celebrates the deposit of Andrew’s archive to the Museum, comprising the extensive image library and office records that tell the story of his career and relationships with the greatest garden designers and writers of our times.
Andrew Lawson has been fascinated by gardens all his life. He started gardening at school, aged 10, and has looked after gardens ever since, sometimes two at a time.
He trained as a painter and only discovered photography quite late in the day. When he fell into garden photography in 1985, he had no idea that it could be a profession. For him, being a garden photographer brings together his joint passions for natural history and for making pictures.
He has been fortunate to work with the greatest garden designers of our times, and to illustrate books by the most distinguished writers, including Penelope Hobhouse, Rosemary Verey, Anna Pavord and HRH The Prince of Wales. His work has been honoured with the Royal Horticultural Society’s Gold Medal for photography and twice with the Garden Media Guild’s ‘Photographer of the Year’.
In 1999 he organised the first get-together of professional garden photographers. The group later became the Garden Photographers Association (GPA). In 2000 he arranged an exhibition for professionals which grew in stages into the current International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY).