Ed Thompson

Ed Thompson

London, United Kingdom

About Ed Thompson

Ed 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.

His documentary photo-essays have been published in international magazines including National Geographic Magazine, Newsweek Japan, Greenpeace Magazine, The Guardian Weekend Magazine and The Sunday Times Magazine Spectrum Supplement (U.K). 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 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.


HEA Fellowship
MA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography
BA Photomedia


2019 - Somerset House, London. Sony World Photo Award Winner 2019 with 'In the Garden of England' series.
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