About 

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 practices, 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 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 noted as ‘standing out for the quality of its writing’ in the Guardian.

Nominated as Photography Magazine of the Year (2014 and 2016) and Photo Content of the Year (2023) at the Lucie Awards, 1000 Words was also named as Photography Magazine of the Year at the Media Innovator Awards 2023. The 10 year anniversary print edition was released in 2018 followed by a series of paperback editions, including Curator Conversations (2021), Writer Conversations (2023) and Photobook Conversations (2025).

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15th anniversary partnership 

1000 Words is delighted to announce a new partnership with MPB to mark the magazine’s 15th anniversary in 2024.

Matt Barker, MPB founder and CEO, MPB, said: “Here at MPB, we aim to open up the world of visual storytelling in a way that’s good for people and the planet. We’re thrilled to partner with 1000 Words during their 15th anniversary year to celebrate the exciting work of photographers and videographers worldwide and help shine a light on some of the most pressing issues of our time. 

As well as our shared goal to make photography accessible for all, we hope to champion circularity among the 1000 Words readership and encourage visual storytellers, no matter what stage of their journey they are on, to trade and upgrade to used camera gear.”

Tim Clark, Editor in Chief and Director, 1000 Words, said: “I am grateful to MPB for its enthusiasm and commitment in providing support towards our online publishing activities during this important anniversary year, especially when the space for critical perspectives and frameworks in the sector and culture at large seems to be shrinking.


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Editor
Tim Clark

Assistant Editor
Alessandro Merola

Editorial Intern 
Thomas King

Website Design
Anthony Salvador

Website Administrator
Sam Mullen

Editorial Design
Sarah Boris

Advertising Director
Matt Roberts

Editorial Emiriti
Jenna Banat, Dom Bell, Brad Feuerhelm, Michael Grieve, Sean Stoker, Robson Yee


Contributing Writers

Mariama Attah
Hannah Abel-Hirsch
Jesse Alexander
Peggy Sue Amison
Chloe Athanasopoulou
Gerry Badger
Simon Baker
Taco Hidde Bakker
Gerry Badger
Simon Baker
Jenna Banat
Martin Barnes
Callum Beaney
Nathalie Belayche
Daniel C. Blight
Daniel Boetker-Smith
Simon Bowcock
Chas Bowie
Susan Bright
Ben Burbridge
Victor Burgin
Lewis Bush
David Campany
Tina M. Campt
Christian Caujolle
Rica Cerbarano
David Chandler
Yves Chatap
Clément Chéroux
Debra Klomp Ching
Federica Chiocchetti
Natasha Christia
Tim Clark
Tom Claxton
Louise Clements
Bridget Coaker
Jörg Colberg
Edwin Coomasaru
Laurence Cornet
Charlotte Cotton
Alfredo Cramerotti
Joanna Cresswell
Taous R. Dahmani
Marta Dahó
Lucy Davies
Mark Durden

Janna Dyk
Elizabeth Edwards
Christine Eyene
Jon Feinstein
Horacio Fernández
Brad Feuerhelm
Gem Fletcher
Joan Fontcuberta
Wayne Ford
Jermaine Francis
Anneka French
Oliver Gapper
Jean-Kenta Gautier
Jilke Golbach
Maggie Gray
Michael Grieve
Yasmin Gunaratnam
Sean O’Hagan
Paul Halliday
Ihiro Hayami
Yining He
Fergus Heron
Greg Hobson
Francis Hodgson
Max Houghton
Wu Hung
Martin Jaeggi
Erik Kessels
Zachary Korol Gold
Sara Knelman
Anouk Kruithof
Liz Kuball
Jeffrey Ladd
Catlin Langford
Luce Lebart
David Levi Strauss
Emma Lewis
Robin Maddock
Gordon MacDonald
Katarzyna Majak
Roxana Marcoci
Jamie Marie Davis
Lesley A. Martin
Shoair Mavlian
James McArdle
Alexander McSpadden
Elisa Medde
J. MacNeill Miller
Jeremy Millar
Sabine Mirlesse
Tanvi Mishra
Mariacarla Molè
David Moore
Renée Mussai
Michaela Nettell
Mark Neville
Simon Njami
Thyago Nogueira
Azu Nwagbogu
Pelumi Odubanjo
Gemma Padley
Danaé Panchaud
Alona Pardo
Cara Phillips
Christopher Pinney
Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger
Rachel Ridge
Holly Rousell
Ralph Rugoff
Zoé Samudzi
Anna Sansom
Drew Sawyer
Julia Schiller
Kathrin Schönegg
Conohar Scott 
Aaron Schuman
Mark Sealy
Roula Seikaly
Eugénie Shinkle
Iris Sikking
Katrina Sluis
Olga Smith
Diane Smyth
Lucy Soutter
Ilaria Speri
Urs Stahel
Will Steacy
Sue Steward
Lisa Sutcliffe
Emilia Terracciano
Sergio Valenzuela Escobedo
Laura Vallés
Stefan Vanthuyne
Ivan Vartanian
Pedro Vicente
Erik Vroons
Eti Wade
Peter Watkins
Oliver Whitehead
Nadine Wietlisbach
Lillian Wilkie
Val Williams
Deborah Willis
Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa
Duncan Wooldridge
Francesco Zanot
Alice Zoo
Willemijn van der Zwaan
Joanna Zylinska

About the founder

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, Lisa Barnard, Yelena Yemchuk, Helen Sear, Arko Datto and others.

Clark nominates for Prix Pictet, MACK First Book Award, Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, C/O Berlin Talent Award and Vontobel Photography Prize. 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 Financial TimesFoamPhotoworksTIMEThe Eyes and British Journal of Photography

Clark has guest lectured at various institutions internationally including The Photographers’ Gallery, Fotomuseum Winterthur, 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, and has also taught and devised numerous academic programmes, most recently at The Institute of Photography, Falmouth University.


1000 Words favourites

• Renée Mussai on exhibitions as sites of dialogue, critique, and activism.

• Roxana Marcoci navigates curatorial practice in the digital age.

• Tanvi Mishra reviews Felipe Romero Beltrán’s Dialect.

• Discover London’s top five photography galleries.

• Tim Clark in conversation with Hayward Gallery’s Ralph Rugoff on Hiroshi Sugimoto.

• Academic rigour and essayistic freedom as told by Taous R. Dahmani.