Alex John Gilbey is a photographer, author, playwright, actor and educator.
As of 2021 he is a lecturer in Photography at Aberystwyth University. Prior to joining the teaching staff he was working toward a PHD in Fine Art at the same institution, from where he gained his Master’s Degree in 2019. His photographic practice revolves around portraiture and documentary work, with an especial interest in street photography. He has an ongoing project on the Extinction Rebellion since 2019, and also incorporates his love of performance and the theatre into his photographic work. He works in both digital and film, and across a range of formats from 35mm to 5×4.
Alex’s interest in the arts is not confined to photography. For over a decade he has been involved in the theatre, largely as an actor but also filling the roles of writer, producer, front of house manager and general roustabout. He interned in Literature and General Management at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in Hell’s Kitchen New York. He has performed in a range of plays including contemporary works such as Sarah Kane’s 448 Psychosis and Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker, and Shakespearean characters such as Twelfth Night’s Malvolio. He has also appeared in adaptations of Dickensian novels, portraying characters such as Sir Mulberry Hawke (The Life And Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby) and Jacob Marley (A Christmas Carol). He performed in The Bespoke Overcoat at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013.
A lifelong writer his literary output includes theatrical reviews, columns and short stories, and received a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Wales in 2009. He has twice taken first place awards for short story writing at the Winchester Writer’s Conference, and is the author of half a dozen produced plays. His novels The Dust Of Exodus, Treading Water and Under The Empty Skies are available to buy from Amazon.