Francis Hodgson Biography

Senior specialist in photography with a unique balance between commerce and culture

Francis Hodgson is the writer on photography for the Financial Times. He has been 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 photograph.

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 field.

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