Biography

Jason Larkin (b 1979) is a British photographer, internationally recognised for his long-term social documentary projects, environmental portraiture and landscape reportage. His immersive process and slower approach to journalism allow for comprehensive bodies of work that reveal and frame important social, economic and political issues. His work is subtle and layered and often concerned with contextualising present realities through historical legacies.

After completing his M.A. in 2007, Jason moved to Egypt. His first book Cairo Divided (Self-published, 2011) a unique and freely distributed bilingual newspaper exploring the capital’s rapidly-mutating urban landscape was nominated for the Deutsche Börse and Prix Pictet photography awards.

In 2011, he moved to Johannesburg for over two years to focus on the legacy of the vast gold mining waste, a long ignored aspect of Johannesburg. Jason used a variety of formats, such as newspaper, book and media channels to ensure his work reached multiple and diverse audiences. This multifaceted work was printed in South Africa as a bilingual publication After the Mines (Fourthwall, 2013) and a monograph Tales From The City Of Gold (Kehrer, 2013) in Europe.

He continued to explore the South African mining landscape, focusing on the divisions within the platinum mining communities of Rustenberg. Platinum (Fourthwall, 2015) was published as a collection of posters and a bilingual essay by writer and long time collaborator Jack Shenker. His most recent book Waiting (Photoworks, 2015) is a collection of portraits of people waiting for unspecified reasons throughout the streets of Johannesburg.

Jason’s work is published regularly by leading international magazines including Colors, FT Weekend, Monocle, Guardian Weekend, and National Geographic. Recent exhibitions include the Museum of Photography Braunschweig (Germany), Flowers Gallery, (UK), Unseen, (Holland) and Hyeres Photography & Fashion Festival (France). His work is held in the permanent collections of the Haggerty Museum (USA), The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (USA) and Johannesburg Library Collection (South Africa).

 

Awards & Grants

Hyeres Photography Award, Shortlisted (France, 2016) – Waiting
POPCAP African Photography Award, Winner (Germany, 2016) – Waiting
Arts Council England, R&D Grant (UK, 2015) – Untitled
SA-UK Season, Grant winner (SA & UK, 2015) – Waiting
BJP International Photography Awards, Runner Up (UK, 2015) – Waiting
RLS Foundation, Grant winner (UK, 2015) – Platinum
FotoDocument, Grant winner (UK, 2014) – Targeting The Unseen
Pulitzer Centre for Crisis Reporting, Grant winner (USA, 2014) – Tremors Below
Conscientious Portfolio Prize, Finalist (UK, 2013) – Tales From The City Of Gold
PDN Photo Annual, Best Photography Book, Winner (USA, 2013) – Tales From The City Of Gold
Renaissance Photography Prize, Winner (UK, 2013) – Tales From The City Of Gold
Prix Pixtet Award, Nomination (UK, 2013) – Ascension & Tales From The City Of Gold
Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, Nomination (UK, 2013) – Cairo Divided
Ithuba Arts Grant, Recipient (South Africa, 2012)
Prix Pixtet Award, Nomination (UK, 2012) – Cairo Divided
Arnold Newman New Portraiture Prize, Winner (USA, 2011) – Past Perfect
PDN Annual, Winner (USA, 2011) – Past Perfect
FOAM ‘Paul Huff’ Award, Nomination (Netherlands, 2011)
Prix Pixtet Award, Nomination (2011, UK) – Past Perfect
Magenta Flash Forward, Winner (Canada, 2011) – Cairo Divided
WPGA Photography awards, Shortlisted (USA, 2011) – Past Perfect
Renaissance Photography Prize, Shortlisted (UK, 2011) – Past Perfect
Hereford Photography Festival Commission, Winner (UK, 2010)
Magenta Flash Forward, Winner (Canada, 2010) – Past Perfect
Fuji Film Distinctions Award, Finalist (UK, 2009) – Past Perfect
WestPhoto Awards, Finalist (UK, 2008) – Mumbai Rising
British Journal of Photography Assistance Awards, Finalist (UK, 2008) – Mumbai Rising
Fuji Film Distinctions Award, Finalist (UK, 2008) – Mumbai Rising
Recipient of the Indian national Trust of Arts and Culture Grant, (UK/India, 2007)
Shots Annual Photography Award, Highly Commended (UK, 2007) – Mumbai Rising

 

Solo Exhibitions

Braunschweig Museum of Photography, (Germany, 2016) – Past Perfect (Link)
Flowers Gallery (UK, 2014) – Tales From The City Of Gold (Link)
Edition Gallery (South Africa, 2013) – Tales From The City Of Gold
Hereford Photography Festival (UK, 2011) – Semblance (Link)
Farnsworth Art Museum (USA, 2011) – Past Perfect (Link)

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

Hyeres Photography and Fashion Festival, (France, 2016) – Waiting
FotoFest 2016 Biennial, (USA, 2016) – Tails from the City of Gold
Paris Photo, (France, 2015) – Waiting
Chicago Architecture Biennial, (USA, 2015) – Tails from the City of Gold
Gextophoto Festival, (Spain, 2015) – Waiting
Brighton Photography Biennial, (Brighton, UK, 2014) – Targeting The Unseen
Guernsey Photography Festival, (Guernsey, UK, 2014) – Tales From The City OF Gold
Unseen Festival, (Amsterdam, Holland, 2014) – Tales From The City OF Gold
Shanghai Art Fair, (Shanghai, China, 2014) – Tales From The City OF Gold
Flowers Gallery, (NYC, USA, 2014) – Past Perfect
Total Arts Gallery, (Dubai, UAE, 2013) – Cairo Divided
Commune.1 Gallery, Fissure (Cape Town, South Africa, 2013) – Ascension (Link)
Wapping Project, Renaissance Exhibition (London, 2013) – Tales From The City Of Gold
Musée de l’Elysée, Nuits Des Images (Lausanne, Switzerland, 2013) – Cairo Divided (Link)
040 Photofestival (Hamburg, Germany, 2013) – Past Perfect
Bishopgate Institute, This Is Not A Gateway Festival (London, UK, 2013) – Tales From The City Of Gold
Constitution Hill, Expressions Of Freedoms (Johannesburg, South Africa, 2013)
Kalashnikovv Gallery (Johannesburg, 2013) – Ascension
Brighton Photo Biennial (Brighton, UK, 2012) – Cairo Divided (link)
Flowers Gallery, Uncommon Ground (London, UK, 2012) – Ascension
Ithuba Gallery (Johannesburg, South Africa, 2012) – Tales From The City Of Gold
Book Arts Fayre (Cardiff, UK, 2012) – Cairo Divided
Margate Photo Festival (Margate, UK, 2012) – Cairo Divided
Atlantis Gallery, Photo voice (London, UK, 2012) – Cairo Divided
Belfast Photography Festival, (Belfast, Ireland, 2011) – Past Perfect
Host Gallery, Summer Show (London, UK, 2011) – Mistake Of Nature
Mall Galleries (London, UK, 2011) – Past Perfect
La Galerie Minature, See You Soon (Berlin, Germany, 2011) – Past Perfect
Photofusion Gallery, SS10 (London, UK, 2010) – Past Perfect
La Galleria, PhotoVoice (London, UK, 2010) – Past Perfect
Host Gallery, Summer Show (London, UK, 2010) – Past Perfect
Hereford Photography Festival, Open (Hereford, UK, 2010) – Past Perfect
Richard Crane Gallery (Brighton, UK, 2010) – Past Perfect
Magenta Festival (Toronto, Canada, 2010) – Past Perfect
Brighton Photo Fringe (Brighton, UK, 2009) – Past Perfect
C.I.C Gallery (Cairo, Egypt, 2009) – Past Perfect
Total Arts Gallery (Dubai, UAE, 2009) – Yemen
Shunt Vaults (London, UK, 2007) – Mumbai Rising
Space Gallery (London, UK, 2007) – Tracing layers
Gallery West (London, UK, 2007) – Mumbai Rising

 

Monographs

Waiting, Photographs by Jason Larkin. Published by Photoworks UK and Fourthwall, 2015
Platinum, Photographs by Jason Larkin. Essay by Jack Shenker. Published by Fourthwall, 2015
Tales From The City Of Gold, Photographs by Jason Larkin. Essay by Mara Karda-Nelson & Julian Rodriguez. Published by Kehrer Verlag, 2013 (Link)
After The Mines, Photographs by Jason Larkin. Essay by Mara Karda-Nelson. Zulu Translation by Thandiwe Nxumalo Kunutu. Published by Fourthwall Books, 2013 (Link)
Cairo Divided, Photographs by Jason Larkin. Essay by Jack Shenker. Self Published, 2011
London Tales, Photographs by Jason Larkin. Poetry by Francesca Beard. Published by Arts Council, 2008
 

Bibliography

Conde Nast Traveller, “Letter From Haiti” (May, 2015)
Apogee, “Cairo Divided” (April, 2015)
Dwell, (April, 2015)
Critical Cities Volume 4, “Tales From The City Of Gold” (March, 2015)
Bloomberg, “McLaren” (January, 2015)
Monocle, “Baltic Road Trip” (November, 2014)
Rowayat, “Cairo Divided” (October, 2014)
Internazionale, “Tremores Below” (September, 2014) Shenker, Jack
Conveyor, “Tales From The City Of Gold” (September, 2014) Sales, Liz
New Yorker, “After The Massacre” (August, 2014)
Guardian Weekend Magazine, “Pressure Point” (August, 2014)
Prix Pixtet – Consumption, “Tales From The City Of Gold” (July, 2014)
European Photography, “Tales From The City Of Gold” (June, 2014)
Monocle, “African Airways” (May, 2014)
FT Weekend Magazine, “Max Tegmark” (March, 2014)
Bloomberg Markets, “City On The Edge” (April, 2014)
FT Weekend Magazine, “Max Tegmark” (March, 2014)
New Scientist, “Ascension Island” (March, 2014)
Geographical Magazine, “Ascension Island” (January, 2014)
The Sunday Times Magazine, “After The Mines” (December, 2013)
Foreign Affairs, “Why Suez Still Matters” (December, 2013) (Link)
WIRED, “The Soviet Diversion” (November, 2013) (Link)
The New Yorker, “Tales From The City Of Gold” (October, 2013) (Link)
Le Monde, “Suez Canal” (October, 2013) Barthe, Benjamane (Link)
Business Week, “After the Gold Rush” (October, 2013) Kardas-Nelson, Mara (Link)
Internazionale, “After The Mines” (September, 2013) Kardas-Nelson, Mara
Newsweek Japan, “A Canal Runs Through It” (July, 2013)
Mail & Guardian, “Up & Down the Dumps” (July, 2013) Kardas-Nelson, Mara (Link)
Aerodrome, “After The Mines” (July, 2013) Matthews, Alexander (Link)
FT Weekend Magazine, “Gordon Forbes” (July, 2013) Kuper, Simon
NEON, “The African Dream” (June, 2013) Schrenk, Jakob
Observer Magazine, “Africa’s Thin Green Line” (June, 2013) David, Smith
Cityscapes, “Cairo Divided” (April, 2013) (Link)
Ojopedez, “Souq El Gomma” (March, 2013)
La Nouvel Observateur, “Les Fantomes de L’aparthied ” (January, 2013) Halifa-Legrand, Sarah
Monocle, “Concreate Circus” (December, 2012) Grove, Sophie
PORT Magazine, “Cairo Divided” (October, 2012) (Link)
Le Monde, “Mogale City” (October, 2012) Hervieu, Sebastien
Photoworks, “Spaces of Global Capital: On the Photography of Jason Larkin” (October, 2012) Demos, T.J (Link)
The Independent On Saturday, “A World Divided” (September, 2012) Popham, Peter
Monocle, “Executive Exodus” (July, 2012) Redvers, Louise
GOLD Magazine, “London Sights” (June, 2012)
DS Magazine, “Soms Denk” (May, 2012) Van de Velde, Lieve
Colors, “Happiness” (March, 2012)
China Art & Design, “Past Perfect” (February, 2012)
British Journal Of Photography, “Cairo Divided” (January, 2012) Laurent, Olivier (Link)
PDN, “Egypt: The Long View” (January, 2012) Hughes, Holly (Link)
CNN, “Inside Cairo’s Desert Ghost Town’s” (December, 2011) Davies, Catriona (Link)
National Geographic, “Poison Garden” (November, 2011)
Monocle, “Final Frontier” (September, 2011)
SOWAR Magazine, “Souq El Gomma” (September, 2011) Shenker, Jack (Link)
Geographical Magazine, “Kept In The Dark” (August, 2011) Shenker, Jack
Internazionale, “Satellite Of Cairo” (July, 2011) Shenker, Jack
British Journal of Photography, “Mistake Of Nature” (July, 2011) Takkunen, Mikko (Link)
Daylight Magazine, “Cairo Divided” (July, 2011) (Link)
Prospect, “Exodus” (July, 2011) Shenker, Jack (Link)
Guardian Weekend Magazine, “Desert Storm” (June, 2011) Shenker, Jack (Link)
Monocle, “Trading Places” (May, 2011) Shenker, Jack
Hotshoe, “Past Perfect” (April, 2011) Schuman, Aaron
The Sunday Times, “Cairo Divided” (February, 2011)
The New York Times, “Cairo’s Ornate (or Odd) Portals to the Past” (January, 2011) Macdonald, Kerri (Link)
Monocle, “Desert Dream” (December, 2010) Schwartz, Adi
Geographical Magazine, “Kept In The Dark” (November, 2010) Shenker, Jack
Telegraph Magazine, “Loving The Alien” (November, 2010) Reid, Vicki
La Repubblica, “Confine Writer” (October, 2010) Wallis Simons, Jake
Monocle, “Moving Mountains” (September, 2010) Shenker, Jack
The National Review, “Empty Quater” (September, 2010) Shenker, Jack
Fader, “Spoek” (September, 2010) Macia, Peter
Geographical Magazine, “Desert Life” (September, 2010)
Monocle, “Growing Pains” (August, 2010) Bloomfield, Steve
Guernica, “Built On Sand” (July, 2010) (Link)
The National, “The Other Egypt” (May, 2010)
Gulf Air, “Past Perfect” (May, 2010)
Internazionale, “Karakalpakstan Deserto Salato” (February, 2010) Shenker, Jack
Voyager, “Cairo’s Cinema” (January, 2010) Rayner, ALex
The National Review, “Salt Of The Sea” (January, 2010)
The National Magazine, “Inside The Secret Desert” (January, 2010) (Link)
Corriere De Sella, “Delta Del Nilo” (November, 2009) Shenker, Jack
Internazionale, “Attraversa Le Dune” (September, 2009) Shenker, Jack
Guardian, “Waterworld” (August, 2009) Shenker, Jack
FT Magazine, “Middle Man In The Middle East” (June, 2009) Harkin, James
Monocle, “Paradise Regained” (June, 2009) Schwartz, Adi
Guernica, “Gaza Laid Bare” (May, 2009) Shenker, James
New York Times Magazine, “War Widow” (March, 2009)
L’Espresso, “Bombay Boom” (March, 2009) Caplucci, Antanno
The National Magazine, “A Death On The Nile” (January, 2009) Detrie, Megan
The Review, “Band Of Outsiders” (November, 2008) Shenker, Jack
L’Hebdo, “Alexandria” (September, 2008) Zaugg, Julie
VentiQuattro, “Taxi Writer” (September, 2008) Pierderani, Elisa

 

Artist Talks / Lectures

Associate Lecturer, London College of Communication, UK
Arts University Bournemouth, UK
Brighton Photo Biennale, UK
Cairo Image Collective, Egypt
David Krut Gallery, South Africa
Edition Space, South Africa
Flowers Gallery, UK
Frontline Club with Max Houghton, UK (Link)
Frappant, 040 Festival für Fotografie, Germany
Hereford Photography Festival, UK
Ithuba Gallery, South Africa
Phoenix Gallery, UK
London College of Communication (LCC), UK
The Book Lounge with Sean O’Toole, South Africa
University of Falmouth, UK
University of Westminster, UK
University of The West of England, UK
WITS University, South Africa

 

Workshops

Arts University Bournemouth, UK
Cairo Image Collective, Egypt
Thokoza, South Africa
University of The West of England, UK