Aled Rhys Hughes
Aled Rhys Hughes is a professional landscape photographer born and raised in south Wales. He has always been interested in the Welsh landscape, but has widened his scope to include the French landscape in his 2016 collection titled Mametz. Within this collection, Hughes has created sixty high quality colour photographs of the area in which the 38th Welsh division suffered immense losses in the Battle of the Somme in 1916. The photographs were made to commemorate the events of July 10th, 1916. In addition to his latest work, Hughes has published two books: Mor Goleuni Tir Tywyll (2004) and Rhyw Deid yn Dod Miwn (2008), for which he won the Welsh Publishing Industry Award in 2010 for the best illustrated book from the previous three years. Moreover, he received the Gold Medal for Fine Art in the 2006 National Eisteddfod. His work has been frequently exhibited in solo and group exhibitions since 1984, in venues including the National Library of Wales (2014), Wales Millennium Centre (2014), and Mission Gallery Swansea (2010). Hughes currently lives in west Wales and is a photographic artist and photography lecturer.