Peter Marlow (photographer)

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Peter Marlow (19 January 1952 – 21 February 2016) was a British news photographer, and member of Magnum Photos.[1]


Born in Kenilworth, England, Marlow studied psychology at Manchester University, graduating in 1974. He began his photography career in 1975 working on an Italian cruise liner in the Caribbean before joining the Sygma news agency in Paris in 1976.[2] In the late 1970s Marlow 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 eight-year project, Liverpool – Looking Out To Sea.

He became associated with Magnum Photos in 1980 and became a full member in 1986.[1][3] Alongside Chris Steele-Perkins, he founded Magnum's London office in 1987.[1] He served as the agency's president twice and was vice-president numerous times.[1] "The photographer Martin Parr said it was “difficult to overestimate” Marlow’s contribution to Magnum".[1]

He also worked regularly for The Sunday Times in the mid-1980s.[1] In 1991 he received an assignment from the Somme department in France to photograph Amiens.[4] Later he began to work abroad again, travelling to Japan, the United States, and other parts of Europe.[5] His later photography is primarily in color.[6] Though well known for his depictions of places, Marlow also documented politics with a collaboration with Tony Blair.[2]

Marlow died on 21 February 2016 from influenza contracted during a stem cell transplant as a treatment for multiple myeloma.[7][8]


Books by Marlow[edit]

Books with others[edit]


  • 1989: Moving Stills, Channel 4, UK.
  • 1992: Waiting for Madonna (documentary 15′ directed by Marlow), TV Tokyo, Japan/Little Magic Productions USA.
  • 1994: Profile of Peter Marlow, The Late Show, BBC, UK.



  • 1979: The Ultra Right in Europe, The Canon Gallery, Amsterdam.
  • 1983: London by Night, The Photographers' Gallery, London.
  • 1987: Peter Marlow's London Night Photos, Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • 1989: Liverpool, Il Diaframma, Milan.
  • 1993: Looking Out to Sea, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool; The Photographers' Gallery, London.
  • 1993: Brighton Besides the Seaside, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK.
  • 1994: Looking Out to Sea, Royal Photographic Society, Bath, UK.
  • 1998: Non Places, Keynes Gallery, Canterbury, UK.
  • 1999: Ancient Kumano Roads Japan and the Road to Santiago de Compostela Spain, Galleries in Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo and Wakayama, Japan.
  • 2000: Britain, Saison Photographique Cherbourg Octeville, France.
  • 2001: Nantes, ABN AMRO Gallery Nantes, France.
  • 2009–2010: London at Night, The Wapping Project Bankside, Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, London.[11][12]
  • 2011: Point of Interest, The Wapping Project Bankside, Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, London.[13][14]
  • 2013: The English Cathedral, The Wapping Project Bankside, Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, London.[15][16]


Marlow's work is held in the following public collections:


  1. ^ a b c d e f O'Hagan, Sean (3 March 2016). "Peter Marlow obituary". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 6 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Euro Visions biography
  3. ^ Seymour, Tom (25 February 2016). "Obituary: Peter Marlow". British Journal of Photography. Retrieved 7 March 2016. 
  4. ^ Personal website biography
  5. ^ Magnum Photos biography
  6. ^ Urban Encounters biography
  7. ^ Stuart Franklin, "Peter Marlow: 1952-2016", Magnum Photos, 22 February 2016.
  8. ^ Olivier Laurent, "In Memoriam: Peter Marlow (1952 – 2016)", Time, 22 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Historial", Deputación da Coruña. Accessed 5 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Honorary fellowships", Royal Photographic Society. Accessed 5 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Peter Marlow at the Wapping Project Bankside". Wallpaper. 26 November 2009. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  12. ^ "Exhibitions \ Peter Marlow \ London At Night". The Wapping Project Bankside. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  13. ^ "Exhibitions \ Peter Marlow \ Point of Interest". The Wapping Project Bankside. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  14. ^ Epstein, Robert (22 May 2012). "Portfolio: Peter Marlow". The Independent. The Independent. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  15. ^ Klingelfuss, Jessica (22 July 2013). "Peter Marlow's 'The English Cathedral' at The Wapping Project Bankside". Wallpaper. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  16. ^ "Exhibitions \ Peter Marlow \ The English Cathedral". The Wapping Project Bankside. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 

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