Peter Marlow

Born 1952
Hometown Kenilworth, England
BA Psychology, Manchester University, 1974

The Arts Council of Great Britain
Conseil General Photography Collection, Amiens, France
Qatar Museum's Authority, Doha, Qatar
The Photographer's Gallery, London , England
Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, France
Royal Photographic Society, Bath, England
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
The Museum of London, London, England
Archive of the Birmingham City Public Library, Birmingham, England
Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin, TX
George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
Fuji Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Museum of New Zealand Collection, Wellington, New Zealand

Although gifted in the language of photojournalism, Peter Marlow is 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.

Since those days, Marlow's aesthetic has shifted—in that he makes mainly color photographs—but his approach is 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 has 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 has taken it back on the road: he now photographs as much in Japan, the USA, and elsewhere in Europe as he does in the UK.

Courtesy of Magnum Photos
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