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"I go for photography that overlays and enhances. By blending observation and wit with reason, I want my work to generate a sense of the unexpected, the hidden, and the seemingly spontaneous"

- Peter Marlow

b. 1952

d. 2016

British

Estates

Although gifted in the language of photojournalism, Peter Marlow was not a photojournalist. He was initially, however, one of the most enterprising and successful young British news photographers, and in 1976 joined the Sygma agency in Paris. He soon found that he lacked the necessary appetite for the job while on assignment in Lebanon and Northern Ireland during the late 1970s; he discovered that the stereotype of the concerned photojournalist disguised the disheartening reality of dog-eat-dog competition between photographers hunting fame at all costs.

After those days, Marlow’s aesthetic shifted – in that he made mainly color photographs – but his approach was unchanged. The color of incidental things became central to his pictures in the same way that the shape and mark of things had been central to his black-and-white work.

Marlow had come full circle. He started his career as an international photojournalist, returned to Britain to examine his own experience, and discovered a new visual poetry that enabled him to understand his homeland. Having found this poetry, he took it back on the road: he photographed as much in Japan, the USA and elsewhere in Europe as he did in the UK.

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Selected works

Economy

Liverpool: Looking Out To Sea

Peter Marlow

Peter Marlow details a raw and intimate portrait of the struggling city of Liverpool during the 1980s

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Most Recent

Arts & Culture

Japanese Love Hotels

Peter Marlow

Current Exhibition
Brescia, Italy

Magnum’s First/Magnum: La première fois

Magnum Photographers
Until Jun 11

Theme | 17 Stories

Magnum at 70: What’s On

Past Exhibition
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

Evolution Explored

Magnum Photographers
Until Apr 20

Arts & Culture

Post-Soviet Style in Kaliningrad

Peter Marlow

Arts & Culture

Same Old New You

Magnum Photographers

Arts & Culture

Peter Marlow: A Life in Pictures

Peter Marlow

Past Square Print Sale

Conditions of the Heart: on Empathy and Connection in Photography

Magnum Photographers
Oct 31 - Nov 4

Theme | 9 Stories

Style & Fashion

Theme | 8 Stories

On Photojournalism: Going Behind the Story

Newsroom

The Highs and Lows of Notting Hill Carnival

Magnum Photographers

Past Exhibition
Lucca, Italy

Magnum on Set Exhibition

Magnum Photographers
Until Nov 13, 2016

Past Exhibition
Eschborn, Germany

Magnum Contact Sheets

Magnum Photographers
Until Aug 19, 2016

Past Exhibition
Coventry, United Kingdom

Peter Marlow: The English Cathedral

Peter Marlow
Until Sep 5, 2016

Newsroom

The A to Z of Brexit

Magnum Photographers

Arts & Culture

God Bless Football

Magnum Photographers

Past Square Print Sale

The (More or Less) Decisive Moments

Magnum Photographers
Jun 6 - 11

Past Square Print Sale
Online Only,

An Image That Changed Everything

Magnum Photographers
Jun 8 - 12

Past Exhibition
London, United Kingdom

Events Programme: Magnum Photos 69th Annual General Meeting

Magnum Photographers
Until Jun 26, 2016

Arts & Culture

Open for Business

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