Stuart Franklin’s thorough exploration of the natural world may have an academic grounding but his approach to photographing it is more poetic than clinical. According to Franklin, nature photography “engages with the idea of a shared landscape that is in some lovely, special, beautiful, way enjoyed by people for its own sake.”


I love photographing. It's that simple

Stuart Franklin
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Stuart Franklin was born in London in 1956. His photographic career began when he started to work for Now Magazine, The Sunday Times and Sunday Telegraph Magazine in London and later with Agence Presse Sygma in Paris.

He combines a direct documentary-style with a strong personal vision and has photographed some of the most important news events of the 21st Century as well as producing many acclaimed personal projects, exploring subjects relating to the Anthropocene. His core interest today is in producing work, mostly about nature-society relations, that is open to multiple interpretations.

He graduated with a first class degree in Geography from Oxford University and went on to complete his doctoral thesis there in 2001. Franklin was awarded a professorship in documentary photography in 2016. Franklin has also made films, including the feature-length documentary, Runners.

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