BRIGITTE LARDINOIS

Director of Photography & Archive Research Centre at the University of Arts London

Brigitte was Exhibition Organiser and Curator at the Barbican Art Gallery from 1985. In 1995 she was invited to set up Magnum’s Cultural Department in London where she was responsible for their exhibitions and books.

She edits photography books, notably Magnum’s sixtieth anniversary book 'Magnum Magnum' which was published in 8 languages and became a bestseller. In 2006 she took on the post of Senior Research Fellow at the London College of Communication where from 2012 she was Deputy Director of PARC, the Photography and the Archive Research Centre at the University of the Arts London. She is currently its Acting Director and in the process of developing a new exhibition space for the Centre at UAL.

She curates exhibitions and writes and lectures on photography and the archive. Since 2014 she has been investigating the archive of the Edward Reeves Studio which started in Lewes in 1855 and is understood to be the oldest still surviving photographic studio in the world. This research has resulted in several well received exhibitions and events.

"When assessing work I look for originality, a personal signature and clear evidence of authorship. This matters more to me than technical skills. I specifically enjoy the Young TPOTY category as I am often struck by the originality of that work."