Francis Hodgson is Professor in the Culture of Photography, having established himself as a critical writer on photography.
His work has embraced both cultural and commercial aspects of photography and influenced the exhibiting and curation of photographs, with former roles including photography critic for the Financial Times, and Head of Photographs at Sotheby’s, London. He is a co-founder of the leading photography prize the Prix Pictet
[Photograph by Anton Corbijn.]
Francis Hodgson is an internationally recognised critical writer on photography. He studied history at Oxford before completing an MA in Museum and Gallery Management at the City University in London. His dissertation was on UK photographic institutions.
Hodgson was for some years the writer on photography for the Financial Times, having previously been a frequent contributor both to the broadsheet and the specialised press on the subject. Hodgson has separately held a number of senior posts in businesses centred upon the photograph: he has been the Head of the Photographs Department at Sotheby’s auction house and creative director of Photonica and Image Source (both large commercial photo-libraries). In the past, Hodgson has run a number of specialised galleries in photography, including the Print Room of the Photographers’ Gallery in London and Zwemmer Fine Photographs. He was also a founding senior vice president in charge of content at the trail-blazing online art gallery Eyestorm. Hodgson’s career has the quality (rare among specialists in photography) of being shared equally between the commercial and cultural aspects of the field.
He has published a number of monograph texts on photography, has lectured to a wide range of audiences — from academic and scholarly to the business community or those involved in collecting photographic prints. Hodgson has been invited to address a number of specialist forums in photography, including at the FOAM Museum in Amsterdam, the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, and the Rencontres Internationales d'Arles, and has often broadcast on television and radio. On the commercial side he has spoken at meetings of the British Association of Picture Libraries and Archives, of the Picture Agency Council of America, and at meetings of Association of International Photography Art Dealers. Hodgson was invited to give the inaugural keynote at the first British Photography Symposium organised by RedEye in 2009.
Hodgson is a co-founder of the leading photography prize the Prix Pictet (on which he has twice served as chairman of the panel of judges). He has also been the chairman of judges on the Sony World Photography Awards, judged the Jerwood Awards, D&AD, British Journal of Photography Awards and AoP awards among others.
In 2013 Hodgson was appointed as Professor in the Culture of Photography at the University of Brighton, his first academic position.
Photograph by Anton Corbijn.
Hodgson, Francis (2018) Andreas Gursky Burlington Magazine, 160. pp. 343-344. ISSN 0007-6287
Hodgson, Francis (2016) Both a passer by and a dweller In: NW1. HENI Publishing, London, UK, pp. 35-41. ISBN 9780993316142
Hodgson, Francis (2016) Sous la surface In: Picard, Pascale, ed. Katerina Jebb; Musée Réattu. Musée Réattu; Editions Skira, Paris France, pp. 16-21. ISBN 9782370740359
Hodgson, Francis (2016) Une Porsche 911 jaune canari In: Plossu, B., ed. Bernard Plossu: western colors. éditions Textuel, Paris, France. ISBN 9782845975521
Hodgson, Francis (2016) The cloud of unknowing:the momentum series of Alejandro Guijarro In: Atkinson, Craig, ed. Momentum Series: Alejandro Guijarro. Café Royal Books, UK.
Hodgson, Francis (2016) John G. Zimmerman: a new reputation from an established career In: De Winde, A., Gilleir, A., Kohns, O., Lambrecht, W. and Van Speybroeck, L., eds. America in black and white: selected photographs of John G. Zimmerman. Hannibal Publishing, Furnes, Belgium, pp. 16-22. ISBN 9789492081766
Hodgson, Francis (2015) Raphaël Dallaporta In: La fotografia s'industria: photography meets industry. fondazione MAST; Mondadori Electa, Bologna, Italy, pp. 32-33. ISBN 9788891806918
Barnor, James, Hodgson, Francis and Busby, Margaret (2015) A conversation: James Barnor, Margaret Busby and Francis Hodgson In: Mussai, Rene and Busby, Margaret, eds. James Barnor: Ever Young. Clémentine de la Ferronière; Autograph ABP, London, UK and Paris, France, pp. 16-29. ISBN 9782954226644
Hodgson, Francis (2015) Finalement, qu'est-ce qu'une collection? In: Picard, Pascale, ed. Oser la photographie: 50 ans d'une collection d'avant-garde à Arles. Silvana Editoriale; Musée Réattu, Arles-en-Provence, France, pp. 61-73. ISBN 9788836631261
Hodgson, Francis (2015) Tokyo story by Emily Allchurch In: Ando, H. and Howes, N., eds. Emily Allchurch; in the footsteps of a master. Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK. ISBN 9780901673909
Olaf, Erwin and Hodgson, Francis (2014) Erwin Olaf: Volume II Aperture, New York. ISBN 9781597112987
Hodgson, Francis (2014) Bernard Plossu [Exhibition]
Hodgson, Francis (2014) Paul Kenny: Seaworks 1998 - 2013 Triplekite Publishing, Northumberland. ISBN 9780957634534
Hodgson, Francis (2014) Francis Hodgson In: Newfotoscapes. Library of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK. ISBN 0709300026
Hodgson, Francis (2013) Irving Penn: cranium architecture Hamilton's Gallery, London, UK.
Hodgson, Francis (2013) Pierdom: a kingdom by the sea In: Roberts, S., ed. Pierdom. Dewi Lewis Publishing, Stockport, UK. ISBN 9781907893407
Hodgson, Francis (2011) Anton Corbijn: inwards and onwards Schirmer/Mosel Verlag GmbH, Munich, Germany. ISBN 9783829605588
Hodgson, Francis (2009) Obama's people In: Kander, N., ed. Nadav Kander: Obama's people. Flowers East, London, UK, pp. 1-79. ISBN 9781906412272
Hodgson, Francis (2009) Earth: Prix Pictet 2009 [Edited Collections]
Interviewed on France-Culture, July 2011