Bradley L. Garrett is a cultural geographer based at the University of Sydney who focusses on cities, infrastructure and society. He has published over 50 academic journal articles and book chapters and writes for several newspapers and magazines, including Guardian Cities, where he pens a sporadic column about public space. His urban landscape photography has been published in dozens of high-profile international periodicals.
Previously an archaeologist with the United States Bureau of Land Management, Brad moved to London in 2008 and began sneaking into lost, forgotten and off-limits places in the city, photographing them, and sharing them with the public. His first book, Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City, is an account of his adventures trespassing into ruins, tunnels and skyscrapers in eight different countries. This book has been translated into Korean and Japanese and is currently being scripted into a feature-length film in Los Angeles.
While working at the University of Oxford in 2014/2015, Dr Garrett published Subterranean London: Cracking the Capital, a photographic dissection of what lies underneath the streets of London, layer by layer. 2016 marked the release of the final book in his urban exploration triptych; London Rising: Illicit Photos from the City’s Heights, which documents the social, infrastructural and corporate verticalities of the city. Dr Garrett is currently at work on his fifth book entitled Bunker: the Architecture of Dread, which is scheduled to be published in 2019 by Penguin in the UK/Commonwealth and Scribner in the USA. The book follows communities preparing for the apocalypse.
Dr Garrett’s work has been featured in media outlets around the world, including GQ Magazine and the History Channel in the USA, Conversations on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and on Channel 4, ITV and the BBC in the UK (where he is a regular contributor). He has been an invited speaker at The Festival of Dangerous Ideas at the Sydney Opera House (Australia), Chicago Ideas Week and Google Zeitgeist (USA), and at the Tate Modern and Barbican galleries (UK).