Frankie McAllister - About

I'm a London based photographer, originally from Northern Ireland and my photographic practice sits somewhere on the convergence of fine art and documentary photography. I have always taken photographs of some kind or other, and my initial inspiration was travel and landscape. Nowadays, my approach is more contextual so I usually work in series’ connected by some particular idea or feeling. A consistent thread running through what I do is an awareness of the impact and evidence of human life on the environment, of politics and in particular, the fine balance between the often conflicting needs of people, industry and ecology. I approach my work from a personal and/or emotional point of view, continually exploring ways to represent my ideas.



My interests and ideas tend towards the thoughtful, perhaps melancholy, aspects of life. Whatever the subject, the mood is what is important and what I attempt to reflect;  quiet, contemplative, but most of all, real. I am drawn to the well-worn, the flowers past their best or the food already half eaten,  the abandoned landscapes or places out of season - the underside of things - I think of it as life in the minor key.

During lockdown, I was able to spend time creating different types of series, in still life (Stilled Lives) and interiors (The Passage of a Day), and a semi-street/documentary series ‘Closed for Business’ of images taken of the interiors of shops, hotels and restaurants shut down under Lockdown 3. All very different but still reflecting my personal perspective.

Publications and Online Galleries

Interview 'Culturamas' online arts magazine April 2022

Cover Image RPS Women In Photo 'WE ARE' March 2022

fLIP Magazine  December 2021 - feature article on 'UNLOCKED' exhibition

fLIP Magazine March 2021 - Barriers (image)

Rankin's 2020 - image published

fLIP Magazine December 2020 – Solitary (Feature: Ethics in Travel Photography)

fLIP Magazine December 2020 – Solitary (cover)

fLIP Magazine, August 2020 – Abstracts/Wonder

AOP Magazine - lockdown feature

Members Feature RPS Women In Photo, March 2020

fLIP Magazine, Dec 2019 – feature "Pilgrimage as an Act of Resistance”

Vogue Italia Photographer Gallery 2020

Aesthetica Magazine Summer edition listing “Manipulated Landscapes” 2019

fLIP Magazine, Dec 2018 – feature “Lives Interrupted”

Exhibitions and Awards 2019/21

LIP Chronicles, Online exhibition and newspaper November 2021

'Strange Familiars' Espacio Gallery - October 2021

'UNLOCKED' Public art installation Ealing Town Centre September 2021

'Respair' Waterloo Festival, St John's Church Waterloo June 2021

16th Julia Margaret Camera Awards Honourable Mention 2021

Shutterhub Postcards from Europe exhibition 2021

ND Awards 2020 – Honourable mention

Chromatic Awards 2020- Honourable mention

London Independent Photography Covid Chronicles Online exhibition Nov 2020

Aesthetica Magazine/Printswap, Exhibition Foley Gallery New York

Festival Pil'Ours, Shutterhub, St Gilles Croix de Vie

​RPS Print Exhibition, Lauderdale House, Feb 2020

Chromatic Awards – Bronze 2019

ND Awards 2019 – Honourable mention

Short listed for British Photography Awards 2020

Salon 19, Photofusion 2019

'Everyday Delight' - Free Space Project for Shutterhub, 2019

International Photography Awards, honourable mention 2019

London Independent Photography 31st Annual Show, 2019

'Home' Ealing BEAT, the Rickyard, 2019

‘Art on a Postcard’ Artists Charity auction, Spitalfields

'Home' Gallery at Home, Monmouthshire, 2019

'Time to Think, Festival Pil'ours, St Gilles croix de Vie,France 2019

'Thought Atlas, Espacio Gallery, 2019

'Street/Form' POW!WOW!, Rotterdam, 2019

'Factual Enigma', CLIP, Espacio Gallery 2019,

RPS Print Exhibition,  Lauderdale House, 2019

Shutterhub Open, 5&33 Gallery, Amsterdam, 2019