Tom Stoddart began his photography 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.
Throughout 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, the bloody siege of Sarajevo and the wars against Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
In 1997, Tony Blair gave Stoddart exclusive behind the scenes access to his election campaign as the Labour party swept a 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 earned him the Larry Burrows Award for Exceptional War Photography. A year later, his book iWITNESS was honored 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 world’s most respected photojournalists, Stoddart aims to produce powerful photo-essays on serious global issues.