Gerry Badger

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Gerry Badger (2016)

Gerald David "Gerry" Badger (born 1948[1]) is an English writer about and curator of photography, and a photographer.[2]

In 2018 he received the J Dudley Johnston Award from the Royal Photographic Society.

Life and career[edit]

Badger was born in 1948 in Northampton. He studied architecture at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art (Dundee), graduating with a diploma in 1969.[1]

Badger is the author of a number of books on photography.

The two volumes then published of The Photobook: A History, which Badger co-wrote with Martin Parr, won the 2006 book award for photography from the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation.[3] The second volume won a Deutscher Fotobuchpreis (German Photobook Prize).[4] His book The Pleasures of Good Photographs won the International Center for Photography's Infinity Award, Writing category, in 2011.[5]

As a photographer, Badger identifies his usual subject matter as "landscapes and accretions of history".[6]


Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • Gerry Badger. Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR.[6]

Group exhibitions[edit]

Exhibitions curated[edit]

  • The Photographer as Printmaker, for the Arts Council of Great Britain, The Photographers' Gallery, London, 1980.[6]
  • Through the Looking Glass: Photographic Art in Britain 1945–1989, Barbican Arts Centre, London, 1989 (with John Benton-Harris).[6]
  • Lares Familiares for the Archaeological Museum in Naples, 2016 (with Marco De Gemmis)


Publications by Badger[edit]

  • Photographer as Printmaker: 140 Years of Photographic Printmaking. London: Arts Council of Great Britain and Northampton, England: Belmont Press, 1981. ISBN 0-7287-0294-0.
  • Eugène Atget. London: Macdonald, 1985. ISBN 0-356-10852-X. The work of Eugène Atget.
  • Chris Killip 55. London: Phaidon, 2001. ISBN 0-7148-4028-9. On Chris Killip.
  • Eugène Atget 55. London: Phaidon, 2001. ISBN 0-7148-4049-1. On Eugène Atget.
  • Collecting Photography. London: Mitchell Beazley, 2003. ISBN 1-84000-726-5.
  • The Genius of Photography. London: Quadrille, 2007. ISBN 1-84400-363-9.
  • The Pleasures of Good Photographs: Essays. New York: Aperture, 2010. ISBN 978-1-59711-139-3.
  • It was a Grey Day - Photographs of Berlin. Peperoni Books, 2015. ISBN 978-3941825802.

Publications with others[edit]

Publications with contributed photographs by Badger[edit]

Publications with contributed texts by Badger[edit]

  • A Short History of Photography by Harvey Benge. Stockport: Dewi Lewis, 2008. ISBN 1-904587-51-8. Introduction by Badger.
  • Photography, Vol. 2, A New Vision of the World, 1891 - 1940. Milan: Skira, 2012. ISBN 9788857210322. Texts by Badger, Clément Chéroux, Sandra S. Phillips, Ulrich Pohlmann and Francesco Zanot.
  • The Chinese Photobook. New York: Aperture, 2015. ISBN 978-1597112284. By Martin Parr and WassinkLundgren. Texts by Badger, Gu Zheng, Stephanie Tung, Raymund Lum and Ruben Lundgren.
  • Memento Mori. The Lares Familiares of Sonia Lenzi. Naples, Giannini Editore, 2016 ISBN 9788874318407




  1. ^ The publisher's description of this set: "One Day - Kehrer Verlag". Kehrer Verlag. Retrieved 5 April 2018.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Potted biography of Badger; in Gerry Badger and John Benton-Harris (ed), Through the looking glass: Photographic art in Britain 1945–1989 (London: Barbican Art Gallery, 1989), p.172.
  2. ^ a b c "Gerry Badger". International Center for Photography. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Past winners – Photography", Kraszna-Krausz Foundation. Accessed 10 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Die Sieger 2006/2007 Archived 10 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine", Deutscher Fotobuchpreis. Accessed 10 October 2010.
  5. ^ "Infinity Awards 2011". International Center for Photography. Retrieved 16 March 2014. Writing: Gerry Badger
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Gerry Badger", Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, 2010. Accessed 10 October 2010.
  7. ^ "Unpopular Culture: Grayson Perry Selects from Arts Council Collection", Arts Council Collection. Accessed 12 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Unpopular Culture: Grayson Perry selects from the Arts Council Collection". London: The Guardian. 23 April 2008. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  9. ^ "The Royal Photographic Society Awards 2018". Archived from the original on 4 December 2018. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  10. ^ As is evident from its inclusion in Unpopular Culture: Grayson Perry Selects from the Arts Council Collection.
  11. ^ "Photograph: The Hall Garden, Wormingford, Essex", the Victoria and Albert Museum. Accessed 10 October 2010.

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