Photograph by Louise Beer

Photograph by Louise Beer

Artist and Photographer

John Hooper is a photographer who started his career shooting for lifestyle magazines at the start of the millennium. Having shot many intriguing artists, musicians and actors. Over 15 years experience as a photographer and director of photography has led John to collaborate on projects for numerous commissions. From 2010’s commission for Its Nice That with Art and Grafts Michael Moloney exploring 24hrs above lake Windermere in the Lake District, to the Blue Dot commission this year exploring the passage of light from the sun. The highly polished commercial work John is involved with has led him to throw off the shackles of post production and create work in camera where the limits are collaborators on the final work.

John is co-director of Pale Blue Dot Collective  and a regular contributor to super/collider. He has been using his photography to discover the natural world and the vastness above our heads. Not taking the traditional route of many astro photographers John prefers to navigate the heavens using skills honed from years of landscape photography.

Other Projects and interests

Pale Blue Dot Collective was formed in early 2017. It is co-run by Louise Beer and John Hooper

Through exhibitions, performances, screenings and symposiums we endeavour to bring a new perspective about the detrimental impact of climate change, not only us as individuals, our societies but all life and all environments. Framing the impact through the eyes of evolution and the immense time period it has taken for each form of life to arrive at this point, we want to create a space for discussion around the damage we are collectively participating in and its universal impact.

Print Science brings images from the history of astronomy back to life in a series of cards, screen-prints and sculptural framed objects.

John Hooper and Louise Beer combined their love for astronomy with the birth of Print Science in 2016. Having met while working with super/collider*, they began collecting books with lithographs and etchings from the era of astronomy just before photographic technology took over. The images they were finding were accompanying the most poetic texts, no longer seen in the pages of the modern astronomy books. An intrinsic part of their work involves keeping the context between the images and the written words. 


2017 - Present: Insight Investment, Headshots, corporate portraiture and content.

2001 - Present: Margaret Howell, Fashion Retail, Look-books, Advertising, ecommerce 

2013 - Present: Turner Broadcasting, Corporate portraits

2006 - Present: super/collider

2010 - Present: Art & Graft

2013 - Present: BCMH

2017 - Present: Public

2013 - 2017: Bamford, Look-books and Videos

Lumen, Insight Investment, Brickwall Films, Ferian, Spectrum,

Selected Group shows:

12 May - 09 June - To the Moon and Back: Artists Exploring Outer Space - Mirror Gallery, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Reading, England

01 - 03 March - Bompas and Parr - The Scent of Other Worlds, Lumen Studios, London, England

25 - 27 January - Lumen: Falling Stars / Stelle Cadenti - Lumen Residency 2018 Exhibition, The Crypt Gallery London (St Pancras), London, England

03 - 11 August - Empty Vessels by Scaffold Gallery at Bankley Gallery, Manchester, England
25 - 27 May - Lumen: Cosmic Perspectives, Ugly Duck Gallery, London, England
21 - 23 Jan  Lumen Atina Residency Exhibition, The Crypt Gallery, London, England

01 - 07 Dec  Lumen, Bankley Gallery, Manchester, England
13 Aug Lumen Residency 2017, Atina, Italy
07 - 09 Jul  Bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Observatory, England
03 - 05 Feb  Lumen: School of Light - Ugly Duck, London, England

25 - 26 Nov  La Fine dell’Universo - The Crypt Gallery, London, England
13 Sept  Residency Exhibition, Atina, Italy
21 Jun - 7 Jul  VOID, Lumen Studios, London, England
26 May  Astronomical Light, Stour Space, London, England


13 - 28 Mar  Lumen II: Dark from Night, The Belfry, St Johns on Bethnal Green, London, England


17 - 22 Dec  Lumen I, Crypt Gallery, London, England

May 2014 super/collider, Drop Everything, Sky Henges installation, Inis Oirr, Aran, Eire.


25 Oct - 20 Dec  Nous Vous: Canal and River Trust, London England

21 - 23 Nov  Crafts Council: Added Value, London England


29 Jul - 10 Aug  super/collider: Island/Universe. So Far The Future, London UK


15 - 23 Jan Its Nice That: If You Could Collaborate, London England


June Self initiated residency in New Zealand with Louise Beer

Aug  Lumen: Atina IV, Atina, Italy

Aug  Lumen: Atina III, Atina, Italy
July  Lumen: Castel Gandolfo, Italy

Sept - Lumen: Atina II, Atina, Italy

April - Natives, Swaledale, Yorkshire.


12 November  Microscopic Polaroids, The Photographers Gallery, London, England


1995 - 98 BA(Hons) - Graphic Design - Camberwell College of Art 

1993 - 95 Graphic Design - Blackpool and the Fylde College