Stuart Franklin writes short and long form non fiction on art, media history and photography. He has published nine books of photography, most are introduced by a text essay. His writing has been published recently in Harper’s magazine, the Guardian, and The Sunday Times Magazine. His most recent book The Documentary Impulse, (2016) was published by Phaidon and reviewed by the BBC on Start the Week.
“Franklin took one of the most powerful photographs of the twentieth century - the 'tank man' in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, 1989. From his insightful position as a photographer, Franklin explores why we are driven to visually document our experiences and the world around us. He focuses on photography but traces this universal need through art, literature and science.
"Looking at photojournalism, war photography and work recording our culture, Franklin identifies some of its driving impulses: curiosity, outrage, reform and ritual; the search for evidence, for beauty, for therapy; and the immortalization of memory.”
Franklin is currently writing a new book on art and photography. Later in 2018 Franklin’s writing on Tiananmen Square will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in Between Star Wars and Glasnost: Cold War and Media in the 1980s.
Twitter - @StuartAFranklin
Represented by: Imogen Pelham
Photo credit: Aradhana Seth
The Documentary Impulse (Phaidon, 2016)