Born and based in London, Max Colson works predominantly with digital media and film. His work explores the intersection between architecture and landscape and considers their relationship to themes of class, national identity, technological disruption and urban change. 

Recent screenings of work include: Vitrine (London, 2019); Werkleitz Centre for Media Art (Halle, 2019); the Royal Academy (London, 2019); DOK Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (Leipzig, 2018+2019); Sheffield Doc Fest (Sheffield, 2018); SPACE (London, 2018). He has had UK solo exhibitions in London at the Royal Institute of British Architects (London, 2015) and Arebyte (London, 2017). His short films have been the recipient of awards such as the Tenderpixel Gallery’s Tenderflix Artist Video Prize (UK, 2017) and a finalist of the Lumen Prize (UK, 2019). He was selected to participate in Film London’s FLAMIN Fellowship 2019/20 programme and for the SPACE Art and Technology Residency 2017/18.

He teaches on the MA Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins and is a graduate of London College of Communication’s MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (2013).

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2020 – 2021 Presentations of Work, Awards

  • 2021, The Island exhibited at Vitrine
  • 2021, C/O Berlin Talent Award Shortlist
  • 2020, The Photographer’s Gallery, London and Fotomuseum Winterthur’s ‘Screen Walks’ programme featuring the work of artists using screen as their medium. Register for tickets here:
  • 2020, London Knowledge exhibited at ‘Visions in the Nunnery Gallery’, London
  • 2020, Construction Lines and A New Investment Vehicle screened at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin (as part of ‘The Eccentric City’ screening program curated by Nadim Samman of Kunstwerke Berlin)
  • 2020, Construction Lines exhibited at Watermans Art Centre, London (online and in-person gallery screening)
  • 2020, Go Short (film festival), Nijmegen (screening of The Green and Pleasant Land)
  • 2020, Whitechapel Gallery, London (screening supported by Film London FLAMIN Fellowship – post-poned due to Covid-19)
  • 2020, Plat(t)form 2020, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland


2013, MA Documentary Photography & Photojournalism, London College of Communication (Grade: Distinction)
2007, BA English Literature, University College London



2017, The Green and Pleasant Land, Arebyte, London

2015, Virtual Control, Royal Institute of British Architects, London




Watermans, London



Vitrine gallery, UK (part of a series of screenings curated by William Noel Clarke)

Videorama, Werkleitz Centre for Media Art, Germany

Picturing the City, Royal Academy, UK

DOK Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, Germany 

Cairo Video Festival, Egypt

Milano Design Film Festival, Italy

Concrete Revolution (with Xialou Guo), Bertha DocHouse London, UK (curated by UCL Urban Laboratory)

Arebyte on Screen, UK

6×6 Project, Set Dalston, UK 

Shortwaves Festival, Poland



World Architecture Festival, Amsterdam (screening Construction Lines)

Rendered Cities, Apex Art, New York (screening Construction Lines)

Sheffield Doc Fest, Sheffield (screening The Green and Pleasant Land)

Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Germany (screening Construction Lines)

61st International Leizig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, Germany (screening The Green and Pleasant Land)

Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York (screening The Green and Pleasant Land)

Chicago Underground Film Festival, USA (screening Construction Lines)



Tenderflix Shortlist Screening, RCA London (screening Construction Lines)

Kassel Dokfest, Germany (screening Construction Lines)

Architecture Film Festival London (screening Construction Lines)

Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands (screening Construction Lines)

Milano Film Festival, Italy (screening Construction Lines)




Visions in the Nunnery, The Nunnery Gallery, London

Plat(t)form 2020, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (portfolio presentation)



Brighton Digital Festival, UK (Group Exhibition)



SPACE Art + Technology Programme Showcase, SPACE, London

London Creative Network Showcase, SPACE, London

Habitarium, La Condition Publique, France



Life 2.0, The Wrong – New Digital Art Biennale

A Place for you to Dream, Republic Gallery, London [exhibiting with Felicity Hammond, Laura Yuile, and Katy Connor]



BoTu: Back and Forth, Showroom MAMA, Netherlands



Data Rush, Noorderlicht Gallery, Netherlands [exhibiting with Mari Bastashevski, Mark Curran, James Bridle, amongst others… ]

The Deleted World (curated by After), 5th Base Gallery, London



Brighton Photo Fringe OPEN14, Victoria Gardens and Regency Townhouse, Brighton

My Secret Life, C/O Berlin, Germany

Cities Methodologies, Slade Research Centre, London





Jarman Award, Nominated

Arts Council England, Emergency Response Fund (COVID-19 support)



Film London FLAMIN Fellowship Programme, Participant

A-N Artist Information Company Bursary, Recipient

Lumen Prize 2019, UK, Shortlisted

Loop Discover Award 2019, Spain, Shortlisted



SPACE Art + Technology Residency, Selected

London Creative Network / SPACE Artist Development Programme, Selected

BFI Short Film Support Grant, Selected



Tenderflix Artist Video Prize, Winner

Best Fiction Short, Architecture Film Festival London, Winner

Arebyte Gallery Residency Programme, Selected



Showroom MAMA Artist Development Residency Programme, Netherlands, Selected



Artquest / The Photographer’s Gallery, Peer Forum Award, Recipient



Leverhulme Artist in Residence, Bartlett School of Architecture, London



Magenta Flash Forward Emerging Photographers Competition, Shortlisted

C/O Berlin: ‘My Secret Life’ International Open competition, Shortlisted





‘Capital Culture’, Unseen Magazine #6, Netherlands

Max Colson satirises post-Brexit UK in a 3D-modelled animation‘, It’s Nice That, UK



Anthology Book featuring Construction Lines, ‘Spots in Shots: Narrating the Built Environment in Short Film’ by Dr. Mélanie van der Hoorn (published by Nai010 Publishers)

Interview, SPACE Art and Technology Artist In Residence Interview(online)



Essay, ‘The Green and Pleasant Land’ (commissioned for The Green and Pleasant Land exhibition at Arebyte gallery, written by Tom Jeffreys)

Article, Digicult, ‘Crude Golden Age: A Comment About the Green and Pleasant Land by Max Colson’ (online – article by Filippo Lorenzin)

Article, 2017 Hackney Citizen, ‘East End Exhibitions – Five of the Best for December 2017’ (print and online)



Anthology Book featuring various projects, Engaged Urbanism: Cities and Methodologies, (book, edited by Prof. Ger Duijzings and Dr. Ben Campkin, published by I.B. Tauris)

Article, Vice, ‘An Artful Deconstruction of London’s Gentrification Problem’ (online)

Article, Space Magazine (Korea), ‘Art and Its Permutation into Urban Space’ (print – article by Jeong Hye Kim) snippets here



Article, POSTmatter (online – written by Louise Benson)

Article, It’s Nice That, ‘Photographer Max Colson Captures Plant Life in the UK’s Most Secure Places’ (online)

Article, Architecture Today (print – review of Virtual Control exhibition by Anna Minton)

Icon magazine (print)

Article, Fast Company Design, ‘An Artists’ Series Exposes the Sneaky Classism of Architectural Renderings’ (online)

Article, It’s Nice That, ‘On the Digital Composite Images Used to Market Luxury Builds’ (online)

Interview, World Photography Organisation(online – interview by Matthew Oxley)



Article, Urban Pamphleteer: Design and Trust (online and print)

Article, Super Massive BlackHole magazine (online)



Anthology Book, Magenta Flash Forward 2013: Emerging Photographers from Canada, the UK and the USA (print)

Interview, Hotshoe International(online – interview by Matthew Oxley)




2019 British Film Institute Archive



2015 to current date, Associate Lecturer, MA Graphic Communication Design, Central Saint Martins

2017 to current date, Academic Support Lecturer, Graphic Communication Design department, Central Saint Martins