Amber Pinkerton (b.1997) is a London-based photographic, moving image and conceptual artist born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica.
Pinkerton’s works, which range from art to fashion photography and most lately installation, are inspired by Caribbean culture, social commentary and socio-political context. Her intimate and intuitive depictions of everyday life, with a focus on Jamaica and its diaspora, capture the beauty and humanity of her subjects to explore themes of identity, personhood and the nature of individual and cultural agency. Predominantly shot on medium-format, these personal portrayals are underwritten by a commitment to spotlighting predominant themes of colourism and class. In her more recent works, Pinkerton begins to explore the 'Photograph as Object' in its physical realm, with focus on its tactility and materiality, as well as more autobiographical themes, through self-portraiture, virtual reality, sound and the written word.
In 2022 Pinkerton features in her first two museum shows, 'Female View: Female Fashion Photographers from Modernity to the Digital Age' at Kunsthalle St. Annen, Lübeck, Germany & Museum Schloss Moyland, Germany and 'Black Venus' at Fotografiska, New York which in 2023 tours to The Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco and Somerset House, London. She is currently featured in The New Black Vanguard (Curated by Antwaun Sargent), Saatchi Gallery, London, UK which previously toured to Musee de beaux-arts, Le Locle, Switzerland and Fotografiska, Stockholm, Sweden and Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France. She has exhibited in shows amongst pioneering artists such as James Barnor, Carrie Mae Weems, Deana Lawson and Sarah Moon. Pinkerton has previously been featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 (2022), The New York Times Style Magazine's list of '15 Creative Women for Our Time' (2020) and in the 2020 British Fashion Council's New Wave: Creatives List. She was listed in the Dazed 100 rankings (2020) as well as i-D's ‘Photographers to follow in 2020’.
Pinkerton earned a 1st Class BA (Hons) in Photography at the University of Westminster in 2023. She is represented worldwide by Lalaland Artists for her commercial & editorial photographic and film projects; Alice Black is gallery representative, UK.
Represented by Lalaland Artists Worldwide
Contact for artwork and print inquiries.
LOVE, Re-Edition, Dazed, Another, W Mag, T Magazine, Perfect, The Cut, Public, FT Weekend, Dazed Beauty, i-D, Document Journal, Vanity Fair, Black Fashion Fair
Gucci, Miu Miu, Moncler, Hugo Boss, G-Star, Shrimps, Bianca Saunders, Nike, Alexis Bittar, Loewe x Net-A-Porter, Harvey Nichols, Yuhan Wang SS21, Puma, Brogger, Citizen M, Maison Margiela x Farfetch, Netflix, LOVE x Valentino, Ahluwalia Studio x Browns Fashion, Fenty x Westminster Fashion
Initiated Dialogues, Self Service Issue 54, Curated by Katie Grand
ICA London 75th Anniversary (x Awita Moonshots) Panel Talk: Amber Pinkerton & Alice Black
Other Panelists: Prue O’Day X Bengi Ünsal, Katharine Kostyal X Svetlana Marich, Maureen Paley X Antonia Marsh, Jenny Waldman X Tessa Ross, Sibylle Rochat X Nancy Hatcher
Photo London, Aperture Presents: Artist-led London with Ben Goulder, Gareth McConnell & Amber Pinkerton. Moderated by Lillian Wilkie at Somerset House
The New Black Vanguard, Friday Lates: Mahaneela & Amber Pinkerton at The Saatchi Gallery
1Club Virtual Shows: Women in Art & Photography, Graceland & Amber Pinkerton with Mark Farrant
Black Venus: Renee Cox, Ayana Jackson & Amber Pinkerton with Aindrea Emelife at Fotografiska NYC
Perfect Magazine Talk: Amber Pinkerton, Edward Buchanan, Rasharn Nyameng & Honey Dijon with Bryan Boy
NOWNESS Live: Dennis Morris & Amber Pinkerton, The Power of Photography As a Tool of Expression
Mentoring Matters Mentor
Abule Presents Atijo: Preserving the era of analogue through physical connections & traditional storytelling, Amber Pinkerton, Alexandra Yellop, Chinasa Chukwu with Christina Nwabugo at Just Another Store London
Black Venus, Fotografiska Museum, Aindrea Emelife, NYC
-Black Venus, Museum of African Diaspora (MOAD) in San Francisco, California. MARCH - AUGUST 2023
-Black Venus, Somerset House, London. 19 JULY - 24 SEPTEMBER 2023
Sadie Barnette, Widline Cadet, Shawanda Corbett, Renee Cox, Ayana V Jackson, Deana Lawson, Zanele Muholi, Jenn Nkiru, Deux Femmes Noires, Amber Pinkerton, Tabita Rezaire, Coreen Simpson, Ming Smith, The Estate of Maud Sulter, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, Alberta Whittle, Carla Williams
SEVEN, Alice Black Gallery, London
Rachael Bailey (b. 1975), Ivan Black (b. 1972), Dante Elsner (1920-1997), Matthew Harris (b. 1966), Tristan Pigott (b. 1990), Amber Pinkerton (b. 1997), Atalanta Xanthe (b. 1996)
Female View: Female Fashion Photographers from Modernity to the Digital Age
-Kunsthalle St. Annen, Lübeck, Germany
-Museum Schloss Moyland 2023
Lillian Bassman, Sibylle Bergemann, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Corinne Day, Madame d’Ora, Ingeborg Hoppe, Nadine Ijewere, Ute Mahler, Charlotte March, Sarah Moon, Amber Pinkerton, Elizaveta Porodina, Regina Relang, Bettina Rheims, Alice Springs (June Newton), Deborah Turbeville, Ellen von Unwerth, Yva.
-Westminster Photography Degree Show, Self-curated, Truman Brewery, London
-Bow Arts Open Studios, Bow Arts Trust, London
Bold Black British, Aindrea Emelife, Christies, London
Amber Pinkerton, Abe Odedina, Emily Moore, Ibrahim El-Salahi, John Akomfrah, Kimanthi Donkor, Marlene Smith, Phoebe Boswell, Shannon Bono, Sonia Boyce, Zac Ove, FKA Twigs, Jade Montserrat, Julianknxx, Lakwena, Ndidi Emefiele, Paul Dash, Sahara Longe, Simeon Barclay, Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Anya Paintsil, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Hew Locke, James Barnor, Kesewa Aboah, LR Vandy, Olivia Sterling, Samson Kambalu, Sola Olulode
Photo London , Alice Black Gallery, London
The New Black Vanguard, Aperture, Antwaun Sargent
Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France: July 4 -September 26, 2021
Musee de beaux-arts, Le Locle, Switzerland: February 11 – May 1, 2022
Fotografiska, Stockholm, Sweden: May 20 – October 2, 2022
Saatchi Gallery, London: October 28, 2022 – January 22, 2023
Photo Vogue Festival, Milan, Italy
BA Photography (1st Hons), University of Westminster 2019-2023
Cert HE (Practical Filmmaking), Met Film School 2016-2017
RECOGNITION & NOMINATIONS
-Aesthetica Short Film Festival- Nomination for Best VR&Immersive Film 2023
-Forbes 30 Under 30, Europe, 2022
Arts & Culture
-Travers Smith Art Programme, Selection 2022
-Photo London x Nikon Emerging Photographer Award Shortlist, 2021
-The Agents Club Awards 2021:
- Fashion Editorial- Women
- Celebrity Campaign- Women
-2020 British Fashion Council's New Wave: Creatives List
CV available on request.