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This article is about a visual arts agency. For the computer ray tracing program, see PhotoWorks (ray tracing software).

Photoworks is a visual arts agency for photography, based in Brighton, England and founded in 1995.[1] It commissions and publishes new photography and writing on photography; produces exhibitions, books, participation and learning projects and events including the Brighton Photo Biennial,[2][3][4][5][6] the UK's largest photography festival.

It has published photobooks by Daniel Meadows, Stephen Gill, Rinko Kawauchi and Joachim Schmid, and published books written or edited by Val Williams.

Photoworks is located within the University of Brighton's Grand Parade Campus and is a registered charity, funded by Arts Council England[2] and one of Arts Council England's National Portfolio Organisations.


Photoworks formed out of the Cross Channel Photographic Mission (CCPM) arts project in St Leonards-on-Sea in 1995. It initially consisted of founding director and curator Ann McNeill[7][8] and projects manager Liz Kent. In 1997 the organisation moved to Maidstone and then in 2003 to Brighton.

In 2011 Photoworks merged with Brighton Photo Biennial.[9]



  • Noblesse Oblige. By Chris Harrison. [Kent]: Photoworks, 1996. ISBN 0-9517427-0-1. Essay by Peter Jerrome. This is the first of The Country Life series of commissions curated by Val Williams, where artists respond to the George Garland Collection.
  • Numbered Portraits. Maidstone: Photoworks, 1996. ISBN 0-9517427-5-2. Photographs by George Garland, photographed and edited by Val Williams from the George Garland archive. Essay by Colin Bennett.
  • Toeing the Line. By Magali Nougarède. Maidstone: Photoworks; Antwerp: Fotomuseum Antwerp, 2000. ISBN 0-9517427-9-5. Essay by Liz Kent. Edition of 1000.
  • The Whole Story. By Helen Sear. Maidstone: Photoworks, 2000. ISBN 0-9517427-6-0. Published to accompany the exhibition The Whole Story, November–December 2000, Maidstone Library Gallery. Includes an interview between Helen Sear and the curator Liz Kent. Edition of 1000.
  • The Front. By Effie Paleologou. Maidstone: Photoworks, 2000. ISBN 0-9517427-4-4. Essay by Liz Kent. Published to accompany the exhibition The Front, September–November 2000, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery. Edition of 1000.
  • Kingswood. Maidstone, Kent: Photoworks, 2000. ISBN 0953534049. By Susan Derges
  • Tracing Light. Maidstone, Kent: Photoworks, 2001. ISBN 0-9517427-8-7. By David Alan Mellor. With Garry Fabian Miller.
  • The Treasury Project. By Mark Power. Brighton: Photoworks, 2002. ISBN 978-1-903796-05-4. Edition of 1500, of which only 500 were made available for public sale.
  • Salvaged 52. By Dennis Doran. Brighton: Photoworks, 2004. ISBN 1-903796-11-3. Edition of 500.
  • Visible Time. By David Claerbout. Brighton: Photoworks; University of Brighton, 2004. ISBN 1-903796-12-1. Essays by David Green, Joanna Lowry and Gregory Currie. "Published in association with the University of Brighton, to accompany an exhibition at the Herbert Read Gallery, Kent Institute of Art & Design, Canterbury in 2004".
  • The House in the Middle. Edited by Gordon MacDonald. Brighton: Photoworks, 2004. ISBN 1-903796-14-8. Photographs by Danny Treacy, Paul Reas, John Kippin, Richard Billingham, Jo Broughton, Dirk Wackerfuss, Anne Hardy, John Paul Bichard, The Design Council Archive, the BBC Picture Library, the Collection of Chris Mullen, Protect and Survive and the Los Alamos National Library. Text by Althea Greenan. "Published to coincide with a Photoworks exhibition at the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, in 2004." Edition of 1000.
  • Monograph - Nigel Shafran. Brighton: Photoworks; Göttingen: Steidl, 2004. ISBN 3-88243-976-9. Photographs by Nigel Shafran. Edited by Celia Davies, with essays by Val Williams and Paul Elliman, and an interview with Shafran by Charlotte Cotton.
  • Nature Studies. By Neeta Madhar. Brighton: Photoworks, 2005. ISBN 1-903796-16-4. "Published by Photoworks to coincide with the first complete showing of Falling at Fabrica in Brighton during October 2005." Essays by David Chandler and Carlo McCormick. Includes a DVD of the film Falling. Edition of 500.
  • Bettina von Zwehl. Monograph, with an essay by Darian Leader and an interview with Charlotte Cotton. Göttingen: Steidl; Brighton: Photoworks, 2007. ISBN 978-3865212887.
  • Fig. By Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin. Göttingen: Steidl; Brighton: Photoworks, 2007. ISBN 9783865214751.
  • 26 Different Endings. By Mark Power. Brighton: Photoworks, 2007. ISBN 978-1-903-79621-4. Edition of 1000.
  • Photoworks 1982 - 2007. By Joachim Schmid. Brighton: Photoworks; Göttingen: Steidl; New York: Tang Museum & Art Gallery, 2007. ISBN 978-386521-394-5. Texts by Stephen Bull, Frits Giertsberg, Joan Fontcuberta, Jan-Erik Lundstrom, Val Williams and John S. Weber.
  • Theatres of the Real. Edited by Joanna Lowry and David Green. With work by Sarah Dobai, Annabel Elgar, Tom Hunter, Sarah Pickering, Nigel Shafran, Clare Strand, Mitra Tabrizian, Danny Treacy. Essays by Jan Baetens, David Green and Joanna Lowry. Brighton: Photoworks, 2009. ISBN 978-1-903796-26-9. "Published to accompany the exhibition Theatres of the Real, curated by Joanna Lowry and David Green for Fotomuseum Provincie Antwerpen." Edition of 1000.
  • The Sound of Two Songs. By Mark Power. Brighton: Photoworks, 2010. ISBN 978-1-903-79639-9. Edition of 2000.
  • Brighton Picture Hunt. Photographs by Carmen Soth, edited by Alec Soth. Brighton: Photoworks, 2010.
  • Outside In. By Stephen Gill. Brighton: Photoworks; London: Archive of Modern Conflict, 2010. ISBN 978-1-903796-40-5. Produced as part of Gill's commission to make a series of photographs for the 2010 Brighton Photo Biennial.
  • Murmuration. By Rinko Kawauchi. Brighton: Photoworks, 2010. ISBN 978-1-903796-41-2.
  • Daniel Meadows: Edited Photographs from the 70s and 80s. By Val Williams. Photographs by Daniel Meadows. Brighton: Photoworks, 2011. ISBN 1-903796-46-6.
  • The Myth of the Airborne Warrior. By Stuart Griffiths. Brighton: Photoworks, 2011. ISBN 978-1-903796-45-0. Edited by Gordon MacDonald. Edition of 500.
  • Memory of Fire. By Julian Stallabrass. Brighton: Photoworks, 2013. ISBN 978-1-903796-49-8.
  • Not Going Shopping. By Anthony Luvera. Brighton: Photoworks, 2014. Newspaper format.[n 1]


Further information: Photoworks Annual
  • Photoworks issue 1. Brighton: Photoworks, 2003.
  • Photoworks issue 2. Brighton: Photoworks, 2004.
  • Photoworks issue 3. Brighton: Photoworks, 2004.
  • Photoworks issue 4. Brighton: Photoworks, 2005.
  • Photoworks issue 5. Brighton: Photoworks, 2005.
  • Photoworks issue 6. Brighton: Photoworks, 2006.
  • Photoworks issue 7. Brighton: Photoworks, 2006.
  • Photoworks issue 8. Brighton: Photoworks, 2007.
  • Photoworks issue 9. Brighton: Photoworks, 2007.
  • Photoworks issue 10. Brighton: Photoworks, 2008. ISSN 9771742165005.
  • Photoworks issue 11. Brighton: Photoworks, 2008.
  • Photoworks issue 12. Brighton: Photoworks, 2009.
  • Photoworks issue 13. Brighton: Photoworks, 2009. ISBN 978-1-903796-30-6.
  • Photoworks issue 14. Brighton: Photoworks, 2010.
  • Photoworks issue 15. Brighton: Photoworks, 2010. ISBN 978-1-903796-32-0.
  • Photoworks issue 16. Brighton: Photoworks, 2011. ISBN 978-1-903796-33-7.
  • Photoworks issue 17. Brighton: Photoworks, 2011. ISBN 978-1-903796-34-4.
  • Photoworks issue 18. Brighton: Photoworks, 2012. ISBN 978-1-903796-35-1.
  • Photoworks issue 19: Agents of change: photography and the politics of space. Brighton: Photoworks, 2012. ISBN 9781903796368.
  • Photoworks Annual Issue 20: Family Politics. Brighton: Photoworks, 2013. ISBN 978-1-903796-37-5.


  1. ^ Not Going Shopping can be viewed here within the Photoworks site.


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