Darren O'Brien (b. 1983) is an artist and photographer based in Sheffield, UK. He graduated in 2009 with a BSc in Environmental Science from Brighton University. 

Darren's current practice explores the day to day through the lens of documentary and street photography. His work deals with themes on home and memories.  Within his work Darren explores ways of breaking away from traditional sequencing structures, using flow and feelings as guidance, not adhering to traditional documentary tropes. 

Darren is also a photojournalist and Editorial portrait photographer with over 6 years in the industry completing commsions and assignments for various clients.  


Work regularly featured in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Financial Times, The Sunday Mirror, Big Issue North, Schweitzer illustrate, Vice Magazine and many others. 


2017 - Street Trees Exhibition (Group), Bank Street Arts, Sheffield 

2016 - Space Invaders exhibition (Group), Jubilee Library, Brighton

2015 - Salt of the Earth Exhibition (Group), Bloomsbury Curzon, London.

2013 - Charity exhibition and Auction, The Holy Biscuit Gallery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

2013 - Group Exhibition, The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne.


“Sharrow Vale and the Antiques Quarter”, The History Press, 2019

“Where the River Changed Course”, Acacia Press, 2019

“Travelogue #1 SPAIN”, Acacia Press, 2017

“Any Where But Home”, Brown Owl Press, 2013

Selected Publications (Online)

“The pioneering artist whose creations vanished before his eyes”, The Spectator, 24th February, 2018

"Review: Anthony McCall: Solid Light Works at the Hepworth Wakefield", The Times, 16th February, 2018

"Malton: How a failing market town became food capital of Yorkshire", Daily Telegraph, 5th August, 2017

"How India Was an Enduring Inspiration for Howard Hodgkin" The Culture Trip, 2nd August, 2017.

“The Realities of the UK’s first “Legal” red light district”, Vice Magazine (online), Ryan Fletcher, 11th February 16,

“'Cameron Should See How We're Living': Why Is the Government Still Ignoring Flood Victims?”, Vice Magazine (online), Ryan Fletcher, 3rd February 2016,

“Editors Pick”, Lensculture (Online), Any Where But Home, 22nd January 2016, 

“Shifting Perspective”, Big Issue North, Issue 1114, Ryan Fletcher, 11th January 2016