The Peter Fetterman Gallery in Santa Monica has announced that it will host the inaugural exhibition of acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Roger A. Deakins. The exhibition is slated to open to the public on Saturday, Sept. 17 and it will run through the end of the year.
Deakins will attend the opening reception and sign copies of his photography book, Byways, from 3-6 p.m, and signed copies of Byways will also be available for purchase and pre-order at the gallery. Deakins’ new exhibition includes photographs featured in the book as well as new, never-before-seen photographs.
Deakins has said of photography that “If you come back with one shot you like, well, at least you feel like you’ve achieved something.” And achieve something, he has. Damiani Publishers launched Byways last September, and the book has already been reprinted five times. Deakins actually discussed the book earlier this year with Below the Line contributor Eric Green, who wrote a lovely piece about it.
Born and raised in Devon, Deakins studied graphic design at the Bath College of Art, and before continuing on to the National Film School, he spent time shooting still photographs of North Devon, with the intent of capturing the disappearing rural farm life. It was there that he developed his love of still photography.
Throughout his career, still photography has remained one of Deakins’ few hobbies, although it is more often an excuse for him to spend hours just walking with no purpose but to observe the world through his camera. In Byways, one finds a wide range of photographs, from images that document a vanished postwar Britain to a collection of photos that express his love of the seaside. Throughout them all, his sense of irony is clearly evident.
Best known for his work as a legendary cinematographer, Deakins won Oscars for his work on Blade Runner 2049 and 1917, and has been nominated 13 additional times for films such as Fargo, No Country for Old Men, Skyfall, Prisoners, and Sicario. He has also earned dozens of nominations from the American Society of Cinematographers, the British Society of Cinematographers, and BAFTA. Both the ASC and BSC have bestowed upon him their Lifetime Achievement Awards along with the National Board of Review. He is also the only cinematographer to have been awarded the honor of CBE in 2013 as well as receive the honor of knighthood in 2021.
In 2021, in addition to publishing Byways, he and his longtime collaborator James Ellis Deakins created an immensely successful podcast, Team Deakins, on the subject of filmmaking.