Stuart Franklin

(born 1956)
Stuart Franklin Meadow with Ox-eye Daisies, Yellow Rattle and Knapweed, Oronsay 2008


Born 1956

Stuart Franklin is perhaps best known for taking one of the most iconic images of the twentieth century - a student defying a row of tanks in Tiananmen Square, for which he won a World Press Award. Franklin studied photography and film at West Surrey College of Art and Design, graduating in 1979. Later he studied Geography at Oxford University before completing a PhD in the subject in 2002. He began his career as a photographer in the 1980s as a correspondent for Sygma Agence Presse in Paris. His images of the Sudan famine in 1984-5 won great critical acclaim. In 1985 he joined Magnum Photos and went on to become president, a post he held from 2006-9. Since 2004 Franklin has focussed more exclusively on long-term projects often relating to his interest in geography.

Glossary terms

  • A photographic co-operative founded in 1947 that is perhaps the world's best-known picture agency, renowned for its documentary photography. Many important photographers have been members including Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eve Arnold and Susan Meiselas.