With a body of work spanning twenty-five years that has included photography, artist books, sculpture, painting and installation, Alastair Whitton has explored multiple mediums and processes. Since 2008 he has worked almost exclusively with the medium of photography. He graduated with distinction from the (then) Natal Technikon School of Fine Art in Durban, South Africa and was awarded the Emma Smith Scholarship to further his studies at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland.
To date Whitton has presented seven solo exhibitions and his work has been featured in exhibitions at notable museums and institutions including the Carreau du Temple, Paris (2017-2018); University of Johannesburg (2017); Pratt Institute, New York City (2016); Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome (2015); Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice (2015); The Center for Book Arts, New York (2014); Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon (2011); IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2010); FotoMuseum, Antwerp (2010); Johannesburg Art Gallery (2010); University of Pretoria (2009); National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare (2002); Gasworks, London (1998); Africus Institute for Contemporary Art, Johannesburg (1997) and the Durban Art Museum (1994).
He has participated in various international art fairs and festivals including amongst others Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town (2013-2019); AKAA: Also Known as Africa, Paris (2017-2018); Host: Editions, Cape Town (2015); FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg (2009-2014); Head On Photo Festival, Sydney (2013); Editions: Artist’s Books, New York City (2009 & 2013) and Out of Africa Festival, Munich (1997).
Whitton’s work is represented in the collections of the Durban Art Museum, University of South Africa, Jack Ginsberg Collection, South African Centre for Photography, National Museum of Mali and the Luciano Benetton Collection in Venice amongst others.