Last Updated July 13, 2018

Tom Stoddart

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Tom Stoddart is a multi-award winning photojournalist. He began his photographic career on a local newspaper in his native North-East of England. In 1978 he moved to London and began working freelance for publications such as the Sunday Times and Time Magazine.

During a long and varied career he has witnessed such international events as the war in Lebanon, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the election of President Nelson Mandela and the wars against Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

In July 1991, he travelled to Sarajevo to document the civil war that was engulfing Yugoslavia. The work from Sarajevo was published across the world.

"I worked in Sarajevo for four years and tried to cover the siege honestly and to give a voice to the people that I photographed. I hope my pictures show the dignity and strength of the people who were caught up in the conflict."

In 1992, whilst in Sarajevo for The Sunday Times Magazine, Tom was seriously injured in heavy fighting around the Bosnian Parliament buildings. After a year of recovery, he threw himself back into photojournalism, producing a powerful feature on the aftermath of the Mississippi floods and, later that year, an award-wining photo-essay on the harsh regime for the training of Chinese Olympic child gymnasts.

In 1997 Tony Blair gave Stoddart exclusive behind the scenes access to his election campaign as Labour swept to victory after 18 years of Conservative government. More recently he documented Prime Minister David Cameron’s daily life at 10 Downing Street.

His acclaimed in-depth work on the HIV/AIDS pandemic blighting sub-Saharan Africa won the POY World Understanding Award in 2003. In the same year his pictures of British Royal Marines in combat, during hostilities in Iraq, was awarded the Larry Burrows Award for Exceptional War Photography. A year later his book iWITNESS was honoured as the best photography book published in the USA.

In the summer of 2012, Perspectives, an outdoor retrospective exhibition in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross was viewed by 225,000 visitors at London’s South Bank.

Now established as one of the worlds most respected photojournalists, Stoddart is represented by, and works closely with Getty Images, to produce powerful photo-essays on the serious world issues of our time.