Sharing my work, my thoughts, my hopes.

My exhibitions are aimed at peoples of all ages, including those not normally responsive to art photography, the shows are designed to be both educational and inspiring. The oversised prints enable viewers to go on a immersing journey through the landscape as they move around the exhibition. I am sharing my personal response to those moments of interest that I have discovered as I document the places I care about – be they man-made or natural. The wonderful thing about photography is that it allows that moment of perceived beauty to endure, and to be shared.

Upcoming Show

Ian Lawson - Exhibitions

' tear jerkingly beautiful '

' mind blowing - the sheep, the scenery, the old time little farm '

' such a hard life pictured gloriously '

Opening May 22nd – September 8th 2019 @ Dales Visitor Centre, Hawes

Open everyday 10am-4.30pm. Set your SatNav for DL8 3NT

An exquisite solo exhibition being staged in the Yorkshire Dales. The Shepherdess – One Woman Farm exhibition showcases the immersive and compelling photography of Ian Lawson. The show offers insight into his latest book and takes visitors on a story-in-the-round journey through a notional year in the life of one of England’s best loved traditional hill farmers, Alison O’Neill of Shacklabank Farm. Her enduring pleasure of nurturing her flock, revelling in the beauty that surrounds her and marvelling at how nature rewards her toil, flows out of every large format artwork. Ian Lawson’s tough and tender portraits show she is truly part of this charmed landscape, she was destined to be here and now you too will be able to admire and wonder at this remarkable woman’s connection to her little place on earth.

Ian's Books, Prints & Cards available for purchase at the exhibition.

Ian Lawson - Exhibitions

Past Shows


A Portrait of Lakeland

Ian Lawson, the celebrated Cumbrian fine-arts photographer releases his second book with a major landmark exhibition at Rheged, Cumbria. For his latest project, he delivers a nuanced take on pastoral England, this time focussing on the iconic Herdwick sheep of the Lakeland Fells. With a quiet, precise and sometimes poetic eye Ian Lawson’s photographs negotiate this shared territory of the Lake District's managed landscape. While using his camera to frame the "still moments" a place like the Lake District can gift us, he never allows us to forget the human presence woven through the DNA of its existence.

2015 Rheged, Penrith, Cumbria

' I’ve been counting sheep - but I haven't fallen asleep - I’m enthralled by your magical pictures'

' enjoyed the story behind every photograph '

' what a wonderfully inspirational and engaging insight into a hidden world '

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From The Land

The Outer Hebrides

' one of the most inspirational & emotional photographic exhibitions ever seen '

' a cultural triumph '

' a joyous and completely absorbing visual experience '

2016 Rheged, Penrith, Cumbria
2016 An Lanntair, Outer Hebrides

Ian Lawson is renowned for the long-term projects he undertakes, devoting years at a time to documenting the story of a particular place. Here, he tells a deeply personal story of the Harris Tweed weaving landscapes that inspired him, and shows breathtaking images on a grand scale from his sell-out book, From the Land, which documents the remote crofting communities dotted amongst the Outer Hebridean landscape.

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