Chris Steele-Perkins moved from Rangoon to London with his family in 1949. He graduated with honours in psychology at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1967-70) while working as a photographer and picture editor for the student newspaper. In 1971 he moved to London and started working as a freelance photographer and started his first foreign work in 1973 in Bangladesh followed by work for relief organizations and travel assignments. In 1975 he worked with EXIT, a group dealing with social problems in British cities. He then joined the Paris-based Viva agency in 1976.
In 1979, his first book, The Teds, was published. Chris joined Magnum and soon began working extensively in the Third World. His latest large-scale project in the developing world was on the situation in Afghanistan. Heï¿½is now also working extensively in Japan and England.
His reportages have received high public acclaim and have won several awards, including:
- 'The Tom Hopkinson Prize' for British Photojournalism (1988)
- 'The Oscar Barnack Prize' (1988)
- 'The Robert Capa Gold Medal' (1989)
- 'Cooperative Society Award' & 'One World Award',
for the film 'Dying for Publicity' (1994)
- 'La Nacion Premier Photojournalism Award' (1994)
- World Press Award, 'Daily Life' (2000)
- Sasakawa Foundation Grant (2004, 2011)
- Royal Photographic Society Terrence Donovan Award (2008)
- Arts Council GB Award (2010)
Now out in UK, his new book on centenarians (people who have lived to be over 100 years old): Fading Light. Recent book, England, My England, of English photographs - McNidder & Grace -.
This is a very personal retrospective of work shot in England over the last 40 years. See some images in Books on this site.
- - 1979 - The Teds, Traveling Light ~ See this Book Preview
- - 1980 - About 70 Photographs, Arts Council of GB
- - 1982 - Survival Programmes: In Britain's Inner Cities (with Nicholas Battye and Paul Trevor), Open University Press ~ See this Book Preview
- - 1982 - Beirut: Frontline Story, Pluto Press ~ See this Book Preview
- - 1989 - The Pleasure Principle, Cornerhouse ~ See this Book Preview
- - 1992 - St. Thomas Hospital, Hospital Trust
- - 2000 - Afghanistan, Marvel, May 2000 Westzone, 2001 Shobunsha, Japan 2001 ~ See this Book Preview
- - 2001 - Fuji, Umbrage ~ See this Book Preview
- - 2002 - The Teds (reissue) Dewi Lewis
- - 2004 - Echoes, Trolley ~ See this Book Preview
- - 2007 - Tokyo Love Hello, Intervalles ~ See this Book Preview
- - 2007 - Northern Exposures, Northumbria University Press (now McNidder & Grace) ~ See this Book Preview
- - 2009 - England, My England, McNidder & Grace ~ See this Book Preview
- - 2012 - Fading Light, a portrait of some British centenarians, McNidder and Grace ~ See this Book Preview