Ed is the most single minded photographer,
he probably thinks about photography all the time,
like a trainspotter but a photographer.
He’d take a photograph whilst falling out of a moving vehicle.
Ed Thompson is a British documentary photographer, artist and lecturer. His photographic work has focused on various subjects over the years covering environmental issues, socio-political movements, subcultures and the consequences of war.
He had a life changing experience with an early ‘apprenticeship’ with the Russian photographer Sergey Chilikov, whom he met at the Arles Photography Festival in 2001. That summer Ed stayed with Sergey in Paris and learnt the value of shooting everyday life, eating fried fat and drinking red wine. Sergeys friend Gueorgui Pinkhassov told him how photographing the everyday can allow you to touch at something great. And it did.
Since then 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, The University of East London and UCA Rochester. He’s spoken regularly about photography on television, radio and online, including on Al Jazeera News and the BBC World Service.
In 2016 he published The Unseen: An Atlas of Infrared Plates, in 2012 he self-published Occupy London. In 2013 he founded The School of Punktum for skint and talented photographers.
A word on collaboration from Ed:
If you want to exhibit my work, commission me or collaborate please get in touch. I’ve always wanted to do an artist residency. For some time I’ve had an idea for a photography project in Japan…. just letting the universe know. I have always loved cinema and would love to try my hand at stills photography on a film set some day - my favourite directors are Christopher Nolan, David Lynch, Ridley Scott and Wes Anderson. I also love reading, and in turn have a huge respect for writers including Phillip K Dick, Jon Ronson and Neil Gaiman. My work has contributed to a half-dozen PhD’s ranging from a thesis on chlorophyll in plants to the Occupy movement. I believe in love and truth. I am a member of The Society of Love and the League of Creative Infrared Photographers
Lectures & Interviews
In Spring 2016 Ed took part in an interview for the Small Voice Podcast . In the summer of 2016 Ed was interviewed for Afternyne Magazine about his book The Unseen. In Autumn 2016 Ed started teaching at UCA Rochester.
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.
2017 - Lilford Gallery, Canterbury, Kent. UK. Solo Show. The Unseen.
2017 - MACULA - Centro Internazionale di Cultura Fotografica (Italy)
2016 - FixPhoto with Laura Noble Gallery, London (U.K). The Unseen.
2015 - Four Corners Gallery, London (U.K). The Unseen.
2014 - The Royal Engineers Museum, Kent (U.K). The Unseen. The Red Forest.
2014 - Somerset House, London. Sony World Photo Award. England till I Die.
2013 - Christies, London. The Unseen Project. Pluckley (2011).
2013 - The Rise of Populism. Group Exhibition. Melkweg Gallery, Amsterdam. Holland.
2013 - Horizonte Zingst Photo Festival, Germany. 'The Village' from The Unseen Project.
2012 - Photomonth: Radical London Bishopsgate Institute, London. Occupy London photographs.
2012 - Occupy! I.C.P Occupies Governors Island, New York. Occupy London photographs.
2012 – Rise of Populism group exhibition with Fotodok. Town Hall Square, Utrecht. Holland.
2011 – Christies, London. Multiplied Art Fair. Re-Home Series.
2011 – Margate Photo Festival. Transition Town Series.
2010 – Magnum Photos/Ideastap Photographic Award. Re-Home Series.
2010 – Photomonth - East London Photo Festival. Re-Home Series.
2010 – Margate Photo-Festival - Projection - Anarcho-Dandies.
2009 – Turner Contemporary Open, Margate, UK. Living Historians Series.
2009 – National Union of Journalists. Photography Matters Exhibition.
2008 – Backlight 08. Tampere, Finland. Triennial showcasing 50 international photographers.
2008 – The Print Space, Shoreditch. Images from the Texas Hill Country series
2007 – The London College of Communication. The Texas Hill Country series.
2005 – OXO Tower Gallery, London. Seeds of Change Observer Photography exhibition.
2005 – Margate Rocks. Thanet Contemporary Arts Festival .
2003 – Arles Photography Festival, France – TEC/TECE via L'ecole Nationale de la Photographie exposition.
2003 – Truman Brewery - London, England - K.I.A.D Degree Show.
2002 – Arles Photography Festival, France. – TEC/TECE via L'ecole Nationale de la Photographie exposition.
National Geographic Magazine
Newsweek (Japan & International)
The Guardian Weekend Magazine
The Eyes Magazine
Professional Photographer (U.K)
The Sunday Times Magazine
The Sunday Times Newspaper
The Telegraph Magazine
The Independent New Review
The i Newspaper
ARTE TV (Europe)
Al Jazeera News
Photo District News (PDN)
The Big Issue
L'espresso Magazine (Italy)
D Repubblica (Italy)
Greenpeace Magazine (Holland)
Der Freitag (Germany)
IL Magazine (Italy)
A Magazine curated by (Belgium)
British Journal of Photography
All photographs copyright Edward Thompson 2017.