Crispin Hughes was born in London in 1959. He studied English at Cambridge University and Photography at the University of Westminster. In 1984 he co-founded Photofusion, one of the country’s leading photography galleries and education centres.

In the 1990s he began working extensively across Africa as a photojournalist covering conflicts in South Sudan, Rwanda, Angola and Somalia. He undertakes commissions for numerous aid agencies and in particular has had a long and fruitful relationship with Oxfam. He became a member of the picture agency Panos in 1990 and his work appears regularly in the national and international press.

Active consent is characteristic of his documentary photography of social issues, working with the people involved to make un-contrived but collaborative pictures.

His latest exhibition Stone Hole, a collaboration with video artist Susi Arnott at the Photofusion Gallery, scrutinizes the interiors of tidal sea caves. Challenging conventions in art that link landscape with beauty, the sublime and moral uplift, the work’s concern is with human and geological flux and dissolution.

The work is a development of the themes explored in his 2006 exhibition Unquiet Thames at the Museum of London in Docklands. The large scale digital composites  examined urban enclosed tidal spaces along the Thames shoreline. The exhibition was one of Time Out’s twelve picks of the year.

Crispin has also been exhibited at the Photographers Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, Camerawork and at the Impressions, Candid and Metro galleries.

His book ‘Pressure Underground’ (2001) accompanied his exhibition for the London Transport Museum.

He is a mentor for the ‘New Londoners’ project and book with Photovoice. This project pairs photographers with recently arrived young refugees to produce a fresh look at London.

He is currently continuing his involvement with social documentary through several participatory photography projects in schools around the country and the ‘Through Positive Eyes’ project in Mexico, Brazil and South Africa.



© 2010 Crispin Hughes