Philip Blenkinsop

Philip Blenkinsop

Philip Blenkinsop has been described as “a man of guerrillas and of resistances” (Herve Le Goff), and “one of the most essential photographers of his generation” (Christian Caujolle). Awarded the prestigious Visa d’Or Award three times, Blenkinsop’s visceral black-and-white imagery has been published in the world’s leading media and has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide.

Since taking residence in Southeast Asia in 1989, Blenkinsop’s name has become synonymous with forgotten conflicts and the photography of injustice. He has become a strong voice in the pro-advocacy debate within the media. His work has been the catalyst for political discourse and debate, including within the US Congress where he lobbied personally for the United States to intervene in the ongoing genocide by the Lao Government against the Hmong militias who fought for the USA during the American War in Indochina.

Amongst other accolades he was awarded Amnesty International’s Photojournalism Prize for Excellence in Human Rights Journalism. In 2009, acclaimed film director, David Bradbury released his 70m documentary on Blenkinsop and his work entitled ‘My Asian Heart. In 2011 he opened the 2snakestudio (a working/exhibition space for artist/photography installations) in Bangkok’s Chinatown.

Blenkinsop sits on the advisory board of Noor, the photo Agency he co-founded in 2007 and the advisory board of the Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice at The Institute for Global Leadership, Tufts University, USA. In 2012 Blenkinsop was made an Honorary Fellow of Falmouth University, UK, in recognition of his services to photojournalism.

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