Thank you for visiting my website. My latest activity is with XRND – Extinction Rebellion North Devon – whose Instagram account I organise (curate?). Do check us out on Facebook or Instagram, plus the parent organisation XR. I am also an activist with the North Devon Green Party and recently became a parish councillor in Swimbridge. I have several pieces of writing recently published: a review in The Art Newspaper of the splendid new book on Joanna Drew, and a poem in a new anthology just out from Indigo Dreams on wildlife (published in support of the League Against Cruel Sports), plus one on Coccolithophores in the fundraising book Planet in Peril (Fly on the Wall Press, edited by Isabelle Kenyon). My poem ‘A January walk on Exmoor’ was awarded joint first prize in the Exmoor Society poetry competition, 2019.
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 (V&A) 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 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 (2007 and aired occasionally thereafter). 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 highly commended in photographic book awards.
Mark served as the first Visiting Professor of Photography at the University of the Arts London, 2002-09. In 2005 he was appointed OBE for services to museums. He became an Honorary Doctor of Arts of the University of the Arts London in 2012. He completed a creative writing MA (with Distinction) at Exeter University in 2015.
Mark and his wife Rosie moved to North Devon in autumn 2009 to write and garden. He retired from most photo history activity at the end of 2010.
Mark supports Amnesty International, the British Trust for Ornithology, Devon Birds, Devon Wildlife Trust, Exmoor Society, Exeter Uncut Poets, Extinction Rebellion North Devon, the Friends of the Burton Art Gallery, Friends of the Earth, Friends of St James Church, Swimbridge, Friends of the Ledbury Poetry Festival, Friends of the Simonsbath Festival, Friends of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Greenpeace, the Green Party, the London Library, the National Trust, the North Devon Natural History Network, the North Devon Stanza of the Poetry Society, Orchards Live, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (and its North Devon chapter), the Poetry Society, The Royal Drawing School, Read Easy, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Simonsbath Festival, the Soil Association, Stop the War Coalition and the Ted Hughes Society (with its excellent online journal now mostly accessible to non-members). All highly recommended.