Peter Marlow (photographer)

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Peter Marlow (born 1952, Kenilworth, England) is a British news photographer and member of Magnum Photos.


Marlow studied psychology at Manchester University, graduating in 1974. He then started his career as an international photojournalist, working on an Italian cruise liner in the Caribbean in 1975 before joining the Sygma news agency in Paris in 1976.[1] In the late 1970s he worked in Northern Ireland and Lebanon, but soon found that the competition of photojournalism did not suit him. He returned home to Britain, and worked in Liverpool on an 8-year project. He became associated with Magnum photos in 1981 and became a full member in 1986.[2]

In 1991 he received an assignment from the Somme department in France to photograph Amiens for which he created into a medium-format, square-frame camera.[3] Later he began to work abroad again, traveling to Japan, the United States, and other parts of Europe.[4] His photography now is primarily in color.[5] Though well known for his depictions of places, Marlow has also documented politics with a collaboration with Tony Blair.[1]


  • 2006 Marlow was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society in 2006. These are awarded to distinguished persons having, from their position or attainments, an intimate connection with the science or fine art of photography or the application thereof.
  • 1999, III Premio de Creacion Fotografica Luis Ksado
  • 1988, The Photographers' Gallery
  • 1986, National Headline Award
  • 1982, Arts Council of Great Britain


  • 2001, Nantes, ABN AMRO Gallery Nantes, France
  • 2000, Britain, Saison Photographique Cherbourg Octeville, France
  • 1999, Ancient Kumano Roads Japan and the Road to Santiago de Compostela Spain, Galleries in Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo and Wakayama, Japan
  • 1998, Non Places, Keynes Gallery, Canterbury, UK
  • 1994, Looking Out to Sea, Royal Photographic Society, Bath, UK
  • 1993, Brighton Besides the Seaside, University Gallery, Brighton, UK
  • 1993, Looking Out to Sea, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, and The Photographers' Gallery, London, UK
  • 1989, Liverpool, Il Diaframma, Milan, Italy
  • 1987, Peter Marlow's London Night Photos, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1983, London by Night, The Photographers' Gallery, London
  • 1979, The Ultra Right in Europe, The Canon Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands



  • Concorde - The Last Summer, UK: Thames & Hudson, 2006. ISBN 978-0-500-51312-5
  • The Shape of a Pocket (with John Berger), UK: Bloomsbury, 2001.
  • March 30 to August 05, a limited edition on the conversion of Gainsborough Studios for the Almeida Theatre, UK, 2000
  • Ancient Kumano Roads and Roads to Santiago, Japan: A+A Publishing, 1999.
  • Department Somme, France: Trois Cailloux, 1992.
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights,Italy: Arte, 1998.
  • Underground, France: Cahiers De Cinema, 1995.
  • Liverpool: looking out to sea, UK: Jonathan Cape/Random House, 1993. ISBN 978-0-224-03727-3
  • Europe on the dark side of the stars, France: Secours Populaire Francais, 1992.


  • 1994, Profile of Peter Marlow, The Late Show BBC, UK
  • 1992, Waiting for Madonna ( documentary 15' directed by Peter Marlow), TV Tokyo, Japan/Little Magic Productions USA
  • 1989, Moving Stills, Channel Four, UK


  1. ^ a b Euro Visions biography
  2. ^ Epstein, Robert (22 May 2012). "Portfolio: Peter Marlow". The Independent (The Independent). Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Personal website biography
  4. ^ Magnum Photos biography
  5. ^ Urban Encounters biography

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