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Chris Friel is literally the reason why I got into alternative photography 12 years ago
Christoffer Relander 2022

I’m not sure I know of anyone more consistently creative, inventive, moving or evocative
Justin Sutcliffe 2021

Coming across an ICM image by Chris Friel was a lightbulb moment for me. He continues to be a source of inspiration to this day - such a brilliant imagination, forever changing and pushing away at boundaries
valda Bailey / icm photography magazine 2021

coming across his work was life changing. I credit the fact that I do what I do entirely down to Friel. he looks at the world differently from anyone I know
Doug Chinnery / Biblioscapes January 2021

Friel gave me permission to be ‘dark’, invigorated and inspired me and made me realise that wanting to break away was ok. I was transfixed by his eerie, dream/nightmare-like and often quite featureless landscapes. I loved his disregard for convention, yet at the same time his work always appeared to fit
jan gray / on landscape November 2020

friel sees the world differently and translates his outlook through his experimental photographic practice. he is known as one of the most innovative image makers working today
Anna Bonita Evans - back and white magazine 2018

Friel is a creative genius who thinks freely and is unafraid to experiment in order to find a new path
Doug chinnery - on landscape 2018

art is always evolving and challenging not only itself, but also society's preconceptions of it. so the world of photography now embraces visions as diverse as Henri Cartier Bresson, Alexey Titarenko and Chris Friel
Andrew James Kirkwood - chromographix 2018

two of the most notable contemporary abstract photographers are Chris Friel and Michael Kenna. Chris Friel started his creative career as a painter and his smudgy, soft focus landscapes seem to straddle both painterly and photographic styles
Mick Thurman - a history of landscape photography 2018

friel remains one of my photographic heroes - I am constantly inspired by and in awe of his creative genius
valda bailey - outdoor photography magazine 2018

before coming across the work of chris friel, everything I’d been fed from other photographers was all about sharpness. But here was this image looking back at me from the screen where almost nothing was sharp. I went back to his photostream constantly over the next two or three days, and I realised there was another way of expressing myself with photography
Doug Chinnery - composition masterclass 2018

one the uk's most creative and gifted contemporary photographers
greg stewart - kozu books 2018

The first time I saw his work I felt like I’d been punched
Abigail Flanagan - life through a lens 2018

my main influence over the past ten years or so has been Chris Friel. I first saw an image of his in a magazine and my first thought was that it must be a painting
Kevin marston - on landscape 2018

The work of Chris Friel was a lightbulb moment for me
Nicki Gwynn-Jones - on landscape 2017

friel is a creative genius with multiple exposure and intentional camera movement
lee aspland - mindful photography 2017

some of the most quietly beautiful, personal and moving landscape photography to be made in living memory
Alex Boyd - Curator of Hyperbora 2017

an extremely moving, beautiful series of landscapes
Sarah Urwin Jones - the sunday herald

friel is a genius with the camera, he sees the world totally differently to anyone I know
doug chinnery - landscape photography magazine 2017

His work hits me in the gut more often than not
Kathleen Donohoe - on landscape magazine 2017

friel is the one that keeps me looking for another approach or angle to photography
russ barnes - art of the landscape 2017

This body of work is arguably one of the most poignant and mesmerising series of images ever produced
joseph wright - jw editions 2017

Sometimes I think they show more of a feeling than a subject
stephi ramona - photos worth seeing 2017

The haunting, desolate landscapes of friel are passing fragments of stories untold
dark silence - 2017

friel uses intentional camera movement to capture beautiful abstract landscapes
simeon smith - lomography magazine 2016

The haunting, desolate landscapes of friel are passing fragments of stories untold
dark silence - 2017

As a contemporary image maker friel is of his time, his brokendown, disintegrated, deconstructed, and reformed subjects are embued with soliditiy, frailty, mass, texture, and extreme juxtapositions of tone and shape, at times bold in their reforming and others mere ghosts and smears of their original states, they are compelling images. I feel I, and sense many others, have in the past strived for something that ultimately makes us the same, perhaps a want or need to be accepted by an orthodoxy. Friel challenges this, uniquely
Jonathan bell - does photography have to be so boring ? 2016

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