Edward Thompson is a British photographer, artist and lecturer. His own photographic work has focused on various subjects over the years from covering environmental issues, socio-political movements, subcultures and the consequences of war.
He developed a distinctive style from an early apprenticeship with the Russian photographer Sergey Chilikov, whom he met at the Arles Photography Festival in 2002. That summer he stayed with Sergey in Paris and learnt the value of shooting everyday life, Sergeys friend, Gueorgui Pinkhassov, told him how the everyday can allow you to touch at something great.
His documentary photo-essays have been published in international magazines including National Geographic Magazine, Newsweek Japan, Greenpeace Magazine, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, BBC, CNN and The Sunday Times Magazine.
His work has been exhibited at Christies, Somerset House and Four Corners Gallery (London) and shown as part of photography festivals in Arles (France), Tampere (Finland), Zingst (Germany) & London (U.K)
He has lectured on photography at the V&A Museum, The Photographers Gallery, The Bishopsgate Institute, L.C.C, The University of Falmouth, The University of Northampton and The University of East London. He speaks regularly on photography on television, radio and online, including on Al Jazeera News and the BBC World Service.
He has published The Unseen: An Atlas of Infrared Plates and founded The School of Punktum for skint and talented photographers.
LECTURES & INTERVIEWS
In Spring 2016 Ed took part in an interview for the Small Voice Podcast .
In March 2015 Ed was interviewed about photographic manipulation and ethics in photojournalism live on Newshour on the BBC World Service. From 2015-2016 he taught a year long module on Documentary Photography at the University of East London.
In December 2014 Ed Thompson spoke about his work with Occupy at the V&A Museum (London) as part of a lecture on civil disobedience. In November 2014 he became an Associate Lecturer at The London College of Communication. In Spring 2014 he worked as a visiting Lecturer at The University of Bedfordshire where he lectured on his own work, on professional practice and gave tutorials. In February 2014 he was a guest lecturer at Falmouth University, he lectured on his own work and gave tutorials.
In June 2013 he gave an interview for Al Jazeera English as part of their Listening Post program, he spoke about the World Press Photo Awards and Photographic Manipulation. In the Winter of 2013 Ed lectured at Four Corners Gallery on 'Photographing Protest'. He discussed his involvement with the Occupy movement and The English Defence League. In the spring of 2013 he gave a talk at the Podium Lecture Theate of the London College of Communication on Self-Publishing and Crowd-Funding.
In October 2012 he spoke about his Occupy London series at the Brighton Photo Biennale and in November 2012 he gave a lecture on his Occupy London series at the Bishopsgate Institute, as part of Radical London, an initiative by Photomonth. In 2012 he spoke on the Falmouth BA Degrees Emerging Markets Panel Discussion at the Foto8 Gallery, London. In November 2012 he wrote an article for The World Photography Organisation on photographing Occupy.
In 2010/11 he devised a five month educational photography program via the Turner Contemporary Gallery, Margate. In 2010 he gave one to one portfolio reviews and professional practice advice for the University of the Arts London's Futurising event.
THE SCHOOL OF PUNKTUM
In the spring of 2013 Ed started Punktum . Punktum has evolved into The School of Punktum where leading photographers and lecturers from various London Universities teach month long courses on documentary photography from as little as £100. Classes are intimate and personal for only 10 students. The School of Punktum is currently accepting applications for students.