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Visiting Lecturer: Francis Hodgson

Current Photography students at USW (Caerleon), are looking forward to welcoming Francis Hodgson this Thursday.

Thursday 21st November @ 2.30pm


Francis Hodgson is the writer on photography for the Financial Times. He
has for many years been a specialist writer on the subject, including
stints as contributing editor on photography to Art Review, critic for The
Spectator and the Economist, and frequent contributor to the broadsheet and
specialised press. He is an expert in the history and culture of
photography, having been for some years the head of the Photographs
Department at Sotheby’s. Hodgson has also been creative director in some of
the most imaginative visual content distribution companies in the world.

At leading stock agency Photonica, he acquired a reputation for radically
changing the kinds of imagery acceptable to the industry. At Image Source
he oversaw a quantum increase in sales of royalty free and rights managed
imagery. He was also the founding senior vice president with responsibility
for content development at online dealership Eyestorm, where he helped to
put in place the most original online art dealership centred around the

Hodgson was one of the founders of the Prix Pictet (the leading prize in
documentary photography in the world, with an annual award of CHF 100,000
to the winner) on which he currently serves as the chairman of the panel of
jurors. He has served on many prize panels before, including notably the
Jerwood Awards, D&AD, British Journal of Photography Awards and AoP awards
among others. He has published a number of monograph texts on photography,
has often been a lecturer, has broadcast both on television and radio.

Hodgson has given keynote addresses at the FOAM Museum in Amsterdam, the
National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, and the Rencontres
Internationales d’Arles. On the commercial side he has spoken at eg BAPLA
and PACA meetings, at meetings of AIPAD and recently at the initial British
Photography Symposium organised by RedEye. He used to be a gallerist,
having served as Head of Print Sales at the Photographers’ Gallery. He was
a founder and director of London gallery Zwemmer Fine Photographs and
Gallery Manager at the Special Photographers Company in Notting Hill.

In another life, Hodgson is also the highly praised author of Only the
Goalkeeper to Beat, (published by Macmillan in 1998) one of the very few
full-length studies on the most unjustly neglected figure on the football


To find details of past visiting lecturers click here: Visiting Lecturer

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