"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



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Peter Marlow, born in Britain in 1952, was an eminent, internationally recognized photographer and a two-time president of Magnum Photos. Marlow joined in 1980 and became a full member in 1986. He was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 2006, and his work is held in 12 public collections worldwide.

His work as a photographer spanned 41 years and 84 countries, capturing major world events for prestigious magazines and newspapers, in addition to his personal long-form projects. His archive includes work that is of international interest as well as that shines a light on Britain. His exhibitions include Point of Interest, London at Night, and The English Cathedral, all at The Wapping Project Bankside, London; Magnum Contact Sheets at Magnum, London, and touring; and No Such Thing as Society: Photography in Britain, 1967–1987, with works from the Arts Council Collection and the British Council Collection, at the Hayward Gallery, London, touring to Centre Pompidou, Paris, among other international venues. Collections that hold his work include the Centre Pompidou; Arts Council England; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Qatar Museums; Harry Ransom Center, Texas; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa; Library of Birmingham; and Tokyo Fuji Art Museum. Beginning in 2016, The English Cathedral started its tour of all 42 English cathedrals of the Church of England, each of which is featured in the exhibition.

Peter Marlow died in London, on February 21, 2016. In his lifetime, he worked all over the world, and his ever thoughtful photographs deal with close observation of the physical and personal landscape that is often overlooked. His lens was always on the human and social. His legacy will be continued through the Peter Marlow Foundation, which encourages, examines and celebrates the photography of humanity, its impact and legacy.

Selected works


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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