Jack Davison was born in Cambridge in 1990, spent most of his adolescent life in rural Essex. At the age of 15 and with no feasible way to escape his rural confinement, he began messing around with the family camera. This early work is tied to the pastoral landscape, shots of dogs at play, sisters in a rainstorm and a burnt out car stand out as moments of spontaneity in the quiet of the countryside. Jack left Essex in 2011 to start an English Literature degree at Warwick University, whereupon he stumbled across a host of opportunities for creating work. He even spent a year searching for one particular character famous in the local area. The resulting portrait, John Murphy, marked a new direction in his work. A move away from the graphic black and white of his earlier portraits to a more honest and stark portraying of his subject.
His visits to London led to an encounter with the photographer Brett Walker. He became part of Brett’s trio, the ‘Young Satellites’. Jack had three successive group exhibitions with the Atom Rooms gallery in late 2011 before returning to Essex in March 2012, to collaborate with the Essex gallery Urban Picnic for their opening spotlight exhibition of portrait photographers. Jack was included in Magneta’s Flash Forward Emerging Photographers and came in the top 100 of Google’s Photography Prize.
Carl Falck met with Jack in early 2012 and immediately signed him to the CFA Creative label. Jack’s work was exhibited in Art Monaco 2012 as part of the ‘Young Satellites’ group whose work collectively won 2nd prize for strong emotional content. CFA Creative sponsored Jack’s 6 month USA trip across 26 states and 10,000 miles. This new exhibition of Jack’s work embodies a selection of this work together with a few highlights of his early work as an emerging young photographer of great promise