Mark Haworth-Booth studied English Literature at Cambridge University and Art History at Edinburgh University. He served as a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 1970-2004 and, as senior curator of photographs, helped to build up its great collection of photography. He is now an Honorary Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art. He has curated many exhibitions and acted as a consultant on the BBC’s award- winning television series The Genius of Photography, aired in 2007 and again in 2009. He curated, with Jeu de Paume, Paris and the National Portrait Gallery in London, a centenary retrospective of the pioneering photographer Camille Silvy (1834-1910), shown at the National Portrait Gallery in 2010. Mark researched the Silvy exhibition catalogue at the J. Paul Getty Museum as a Museum Scholar in 2008. Published in UK, French and US editions, this was the third of Mark’s books to be shortlisted for a major photo history prize.
Mark wrote the introduction to Tessa Traeger’s ‘Voices of the Vivarais’, published in 2010 with an exhibition at Purdy Hicks Gallery in London. Mark and his wife Rosie moved to North Devon in autumn 2009 to garden. He retired from photo history at the end of 2010.
Mark served as the first Visiting Professor of Photography at the University of the Arts London, 2002-09. He was appointed an Officer of the British Empire, for services to museums, in 2005. He became an Honorary Doctor of Arts of the University of the Arts London in 2012. He is currently studying for an MA in creative writing at Exeter University.
Mark doesn’t think much of the Tory ‘Big Society’, but he supports 38 Degrees, Amnesty International, the British Trust for Ornithology, Climate Rush, Coastwise North Devon, the Devon Birds, the Devon Wildlife Trust, Dignity in Dying, the Exmoor Society, Friends of the Earth, Friends of St James Church, Swimbridge, Friends of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Greenpeace, the Green Party, Grow Heathrow (activist opposition to Heathrow airport expansion), the London Library, the National Blood Service, the National Trust, the North Devon Natural History Network, Orchards Live, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (and its North Devon chapter), the Poetry Book Society, the Poetry Society, Population Matters, The Prince’s Drawing School, Read Easy, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Soil Association, and the Stop the War Coalition. All highly recommended.