Alice Zoo is a documentary photographer and writer based in London. She graduated from the University of Oxford in 2014, and in 2017 completed a Masters with Distinction in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication. Her photographs have been exhibited and published internationally, including in publications such as BBC News, The Economist, The Guardian, and the Washington Post, and she has been recognised by awards such as the Magenta Foundation, the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, and the Royal Photographic Society. Her work is portrait-led and seeks to explore the emotional experiences of her subjects, especially around themes of community and identity. She is particularly interested in the interaction between photography and text.
What was it that drew you to the Star Wars Families commission?
I’m interested in exploring the cultural context around particular communities, and I’m often drawn to photographing intimate spaces like the family home, so Star Wars Families seemed like it was matched well with my photographic interests. It also presented an opportunity to explore fandom and its effect on family bonds, as well as to spend time getting to know a family and making an extended portrait of them that they’re personally excited about and invested in; hopefully, in this way, the shoot will feel like an exchange or a collaboration.
Favourite Star Wars quote
“It’s a trap!” Admiral Ackbar, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
See Alice Zoo’s Star Wars family here.
Star Wars Families presented by eBay is a collaboration between Lucasfilm and British Journal of Photography in advance of the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. An immersive photographic and editorial project, it sheds light on families around the world who have enjoyed the magic of Star Wars for nearly half a century.