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Sandy Carson (b. 1972) is a Scottish photographer who emigrated to the United States in 1993 to pursue cycling, and enjoyed a 15 year career traveling the world as a professional cyclist, where he honed his skills as a photographer.

Carson’s photography explores sensitive cultural issues of American consumerism and the social landscape with a scrutiny particular to one who was born and raised in another country. Constantly at play in his photographs is an irony born from the juxtaposition of disparate elements, a duality that consistently informs his viewpoint and is an intrinsic element of his work. Carson’s photography examines a specific and personal segment of American life with a bent simultaneously absurd and poignant.

Sandy has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, including Houston Center For Photography, Lawndale Arts Center, Houston, The University of Texas, Trinity University in San Antonio, Finch & Ada Gallery, New York, Musée de l’Elysée, Switzerland, and Street-Level Photoworks, Glasgow. A monograph of his work on the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, Paradise Has Relocated, was published in 2010. His second book published by Daylight-We Were There is a symbiotic study of a decade documenting concert fandom as shot from the pit.

His commercial editorial work is published in The New York Times, Aperture, Bicycling, American Photography, The Guardian, The Oxford American, The Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, and MIT Technology Review. His commercial clients include Virgin, Nike, Red Bull, Remington, ESPN, NPR, The BBC, Disney and Atlantic Records. He currently lives and works in Austin, Texas and is represented by INSTITUTE.

Solo Exhibitions

Volcom Garden / Austin, TX
Yarborough Library / Austin, TX
GSD&M / Austin, TX

We Were There. Pump Project Gallery / Austin, TX

Spring Break. Bouldin Creek Cafe / Austin, TX

A Hillage To Pillage. Spartan / Austin TX
Finding The Stoke. Cykel SF / San Francisco, CA

Paradise Has Relocated. Okay Mountain Gallery / Austin, TX

Documentary Works. University of Texas / Austin, TX

Meat Street. Groundwork / Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibitions

City Panorama Photomural Public Art installation at King County Metro / Seattle WA

Contemporary Austin 2017 Crit Group Exhibition. Grey Duck Gallery / Austin TX
Fòcas India: Document Exhibition Shrishti Art Gallery, Hyderabad / India
Fòcas India: Document Exhibition. Street Level Photoworks / Glasgow Scotland
Fòcas India: Document Exhibition. Design Gallery, Gandhinagar / India
ATX Squared. Full Circle Bar / Austin TX

34th Annual Juried Membership Exhibition. Houston Center For Photography / Houston TX
American Photography 32 Launch: TBA New York / NY
Standpoints : Lawndale Art Center @ FOTOFEST / Houston, TX
Red Dot Art Exhibit. Women & Their Work Gallery / Austin, TX

33rd Annual Juried Membership Exhibition. Houston Center For Photography / Houston TX
50/50.3 Skateboard Deck Exhibition. Preacher / Austin, TX
Goose Flesh : Stock Take exhibition & zine launch.. Street Level Photoworks / Glasgow, Scotland
2015 People’s Gallery Exhibition. Austin City Hall / Austin, TX
Red Dot Art Exhibit. Women & Their Work Gallery / Austin, TX
Fixe x Seven. Brazos / Austin TX
Humble Arts Foundation : Space Jamz. New York City / NY

32nd Annual Juried Membership Exhibition. Houston Center For Photography / Houston TX
50/50.2 Skateboard Deck Exhibition. VUKA / Austin, TX
Fixe x Seven. Arthouse At The Jones Center / Austin, TX
Slowing Down. Mingo Gallery / Beverly, MA
Frames 2014. CCA & Merchant Square / Glasgow, Scotland
Slideluck Potshow Austin VI

A Catalogue. Tiny Park Gallery / Austin, TX
East Austin Studio Tour Bike Art Show. Counter Culture / Austin, TX
Fifty Decks, Fifty Artists skatepark fundraiser. FunFunFunFest / Austin, TX
BELL Motorcycle Helmets art show / ARF fundraiser. Historic Scoot Inn / Austin, TX
East of Man, Eternally in Kodak. Needles And Pens / San Francisco, CA
Goose Flesh Volume 1. Coffee, Chocolate and Tea / Glasgow, UK
Fixe x Seven. Arthouse at the Jones Center / Austin, TX
People’s Gallery Exhibition. Austin City Hall /Austin, TX
History IS His Story. End Of An Ear Records /Austin, TX

Yet, By No Means.Center Space Gallery / University of Texas Visual Arts Center / Austin, TX
Slide Project(or). 2012 PhotoIreland Festival / Dublin IRE
The Future Is Not What It Used to Be. Neidorff Gallery / Trinity University / San Antonio, TX
Fixe x Seven. Arthouse at the Jones Center / Austin, TX
People’s Gallery Exhibition. Austin City Hall /Austin, TX
Slideluck Potshow IV. CTC Garden Austin, TX
Teenage Wasteland. Co-Lab / Austin, TX
Tim Kerr & Friends. Kettle Art / Dallas, TX

Black Friday. Finch & Ada Gallery / New York, NY
More Than Architecture. University of Texas Fine Arts Library
Red Dot Art Exhibit. Women & Their Work Gallery / Austin, TX
People’s Gallery Exhibition. Austin City Hall / Austin, TX
Your Name Here. Monofonus Press Gallery / Austin, TX
Storytelling Exhibition. L. Nowlin Gallery / Austin, TX
Slideluck Potshow III. 501 Studios / Austin, TX

Grants and Fellowships

2018 Cultural Arts Core fund recipient - City of Austin Cultural Arts Funding Program
2017 Community Initiatives Grant recipient - City of Austin Cultural Arts Funding Program


Austin Chronicle Best of Austin critics picks for We Were There..
Focas Scotland / India shortlisted photographer / artist
Runner up in 2017 Austin Art Billboards competition.
Best In Street category, ATX Squared Project. Austin / TX

Homorable Mention - 2016 Austin Artboards Billboards.

Pilkington Prize Top 10 in 100 Mile Radius Project.
Texas State XC Mountain Bike Champion, Cat 2
Dirty Du Duathlon.2nd place

Best Art Photographer, Austin Chronicle Readers Poll
SPIN's Best Live Photos Of 2013

Conscientious Portfolio Competition, 25 short-listed photographers
Finalist, Picture Black Friday / New York, NY

Best Art Photographer, Austin Chronicle Readers Poll
Runner up, Picture Black Friday / New York, NY
Honorable Mention, New Art in Austin / Austin Museum of Art

Winner, Picture Black Friday / New York, NY

Finalist, Photographer of the Year. Austin Museum of Art. AVA Awards
Best Photographer 2009, Austin Chronicle Readers Poll

Curatorial Work

We Were There mentorship program, 2017
2014 Picture Black Friday Juror
2014 Jackie Lee Exhibition

Commercial Clients

Red Bull
TREK Bicycles
Sailor Jerry
Atlantic Records
Sesame Street Workshop
Fender Music Corp
University Of Texas
Volcom Stone
Dr. Martens
Boost Mobile
Jones Soda Co
Eastpak Europe
Rodale Inc.
Fox Racing Inc.
Transworld Media
ZERO Skateboards


We Were There Sandy Carson
Paradise Has Relocated Sandy Carson

Selected Print

Rolling Stone Magazine
The New York Times
MIT Technology Review
The Wall Street Journal
The Guardian
American Photography 32
American Photography 30
Aperture Magazine
The Times
Don’t Suck, Don’t die. Giving Up Vic Chesnutt / UT Press
Contemporary Scottish Plays
Animalities- David Dodd Lee
The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology / UT Press
Basics Creative Photography: Design Principles / AVA Academia Books
A Field Guide to the North American Family: An Illustrated Novella. Garth Risk Halberg / Penguin Books
Modern Luxury Interiors Texas
UFC 360
Interior Design Magazine
Intersection Magazine UK
Hamburger Eyes Magazine
Vice magazine
Modern Luxury
Austin Chronicle
Portland Mercury
The Ride Journal

Online Features

KUT Arts Eclectic
Scottish Society for the History of Photography
Scottish Television
Austin American Statesman
Fairdale Bikes
Bleacher Report
Mull It Over
Document Scotland
Feature Shoot
Huffington Post
NPR Radio Pictures
Esquire Russia
Atlas Magazine
Feature Shoot
Austin Chronicle
Humble Arts Foundation
British Journal Of Photography
Worlds Best Ever
Mossless Magazine
The Daily Dot


1992 Higher National Diploma, Communications / University of the West of Scotland
1989 Scottish National Certificate, Media Studies / Motherwell College, Scotland

Other Activities

Owner / publisher at Cardinal Press books and records.
Team rider for Fairdale Bikes
Musician with the music project IGLOMAT

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