1000 Words is a leading online contemporary photography magazine. It commissions exhibition and photobook reviews, essays and interviews in response to the visual culture of our present moment. Founded in 2008, the editorial commitment has always been to explore the possibilities for the medium whilst stimulating debate around current modes of practice, curation, discourses and theory internationally. Operating out of London, but with a global perspective, the magazine has built a substantial archive of knowledge from culturally diverse worlds of photography and is considered an invaluable resource for artists, educators, researchers, historians, critics and curators working today. It supports and provides a platform for an esteemed roster of contributors, having showcased and published both established names as well as new writers and artists at critical stages in their careers. 1000 Words is recognised for its significant contribution to the study, appreciation and critique of the complex and changing ways photography shapes our understanding of the world. As such, it was described by Gerry Badger in Another Country: British Documentary Photography Since 1945 (Thames & Hudson, 2022) as ‘a successor to Creative Camera’ and as ‘standing out for the quality of its writing’ in the Guardian. 1000 Words was nominated as Photography Magazine of the Year at the Lucie Awards in 2014 and 2016. The 10 year anniversary print edition was released in 2018 followed by a series of paperback editions, including Curator Conversations (2021) and Writer Conversations (2023). 1000 Words will mark 15 years with another anniversary print edition in 2024.
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About the founder and director
Tim Clark is Editor in Chief of 1000 Words and together with running the magazine he is Artistic Director for Fotografia Europea in Reggio Emilia, Italy, alongside Walter Guadagnini, Director of CAMERA, Torino and Luce Lebart, curator, historian and researcher for the Archive of Modern Conflict.
Clark has been involved in a wide range of projects: curatorial advisor for the Discovery section of Photo London 2022 and 2023; adjunct curator on Masculinities: Liberation through Photography (2020-22) at the Barbican Centre London, an exhibition which travelled to Gropius-Bau Berlin, Les Rencontres d’Arles and FOMU Antwerp; guest curator at the Ci.CLO Bienal 2021 with the exhibition titled The Horizon is Moving Nearer for the Portuguese Center of Photography, Porto; curator of Mutable: Multiple, Derby QUAD, FORMAT International Photography Festival; and guest curator of London Art Fair’s Photo50 section with Who’s looking at the family, now? (all 2019).
Prior to this, he held posts as Artistic Director of Photo Oxford 2017, together with Greg Hobson; and while Associate Curator at Media Space, Science Museum, London, he organised Julia Margaret Cameron: Influence and Intimacy (2015) and Gathered Leaves: Photographs by Alec Soth (2015–18), an exhibition which travelled to National Media Museum, Bradford, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, FOMU Antwerp and Deichtorhallen Hamburg. He has also curated numerous solo exhibitions of artists’ work including Mónica de Miranda, Simon Roberts, Lebohang Kganye, Raymond Meeks, Noémie Goudal, Jeff Mermelstein, Soham Gupta, Carmen Winant, Hoda Afshar, Guanyu Xu, Seiichi Furuya, Ken Grant, Yelena Yemchuk, Max Pinckers and others.
Clark nominates for Prix Pictet, MACK First Book Award, Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, C/O Berlin Talent Award, Vontobel Photography Prize and was president of the jury for Premio Luigi Ghirri 2022. He has contributed essays to exhibition catalogues for the Barbican Centre, London, Archive of Modern Conflict and Lagos Photo Festival, Nigeria, and has written for Foam Magazine, Photoworks, TIME, The Eyes and British Journal of Photography.
Clark has guest lectured at various institutions such as The Photographers’ Gallery, Les Rencontres d’Arles, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Royal Photographic Society, Street Level Photoworks, Library of Birmingham, Musée de l’Elysee, Palau Robert Barcelona, Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Centre Budapest and Leipzig Museum of Contemporary Art. He has led short courses on photography and curation for The Photographers’ Gallery, Le Bal and Perth Center for Photography, Australia. He has also taught and devised numerous academic programmes, most recently on BA (Hons) Photography at The Institute of Photography, Falmouth University and MA Photography & Visual Design at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) Milano.