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, 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, many of whom have gone on to develop notable 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 and, as such, it was recently described by Gerry Badger in Another Country: British Documentary Photography Since 1945 (Thames & Hudson, 2022) as ‘a successor to Creative Camera’. 1000 Words was also nominated as Photography Magazine of the Year at the Lucie Awards in 2014 and 2016. The 10 year anniversary print edition was launched in 2018 and 1000 Words now releases print publications on an annual basis, inaugurated by Curator Conversations in 2021 followed by Writer Conversations in February 2023.
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About the founder
Tim Clark is Editor in Chief of 1000 Words and Artistic Director for Fotografia Europea in Reggio Emilia, Italy, together with Walter Guadagnini, Director of CAMERA, Torino and Luce Lebart, French Correspondent for the Archive of Modern Conflict. He also currently serves as a curatorial advisor for Photo London Discovery 2022 and 2023.
Clark has been involved in a wide range of projects: 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, Clark 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 Anastasia Samoylova, Lebohang Kganye, Raymond Meeks, Noémie Goudal, Jeff Mermelstein, Soham Gupta, Carmen Winant, Hoda Afshar, Guanyu Xu, Seiichi Furuya, Ken Grant, Martin Parr, Mariken Wessels, 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 recently 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, Royal Photographic Society, Street Level Photoworks, Library of Birmingham, Musée de l’Elysee, Palau Robert, Barcelona 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.