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 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 most photo history activity 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 recently completed a creative writing MA (with Distinction) in 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, Exeter Poetry Festival, 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 Royal Drawing School, Read Easy, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Soil Association, Stop the War Coalition and the Wyndham Singers. All highly recommended.