Al Palmer is a photographer and book designer based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. His work has been heavily exhibited in Europe and the United States and was a winner of the Heart 8x10 Photography Prize in 2013. His work mostly relates to the various facets of the man-made landscape and the influence society and industry have on the environment. He started Brown Owl Press in 2013, an independent publishing house focusing on photobook and zines. To date, Brown Owl Press has released eight books by photographers based in the UK, Norway, Iceland, USA and France. 2015 has a further seven titles in production, by photographers from Peru, USA and the UK.

Al describes the type of photography he likes:

"As my own photographic practice focuses on the landscape, I'm particularly interested in work which deals with the change in the environment over time, like Petrochemical America by Robert Misrach, Sweet Utopia by Joel Sternfeld, The World In Itself by Dan Holdsworth and especially the New Topographics photographers - Robert Adams and Lewis Baltz especially. Photographers using the landscape as a metaphor also interest me, Alec Soth's Sleeping by the Mississippi and Niagara are two famous examples but work such as We Make the Path by Paul Gaffney, Lick Creek Line by Ron Jude and The Pond by John Gossage explore the idea in varying and interesting ways."

Websites: Al Palmer and Brown Owl Press.

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