1960 - Great Britain

Vanessa Winship

Born in 1960 in the United Kingdom. Lives in London and Turkey.
After studying cinema and photography at Westminster University (Polytechnic of Central London), Vanessa began as a teacher and then worked for the National Science Museum in London. Afterward, she became a freelance photographer at home and abroad. Vanessa has worked as an independent photographer.In 2005 she joined “Agence VU” in Paris, and since 2009 is represented by their gallery in France.

Vanessa lived and worked in the Balkans and Turkey for almost a decade, she is currently based in the UK.She is interested in ideas around the concepts of borders, land, desire, identity memory and history, and about how those histories are told and identities are expressed. Her imagery explores the junction between chronicle and fiction, both through her visual imagery and through the use of text, which she refers to as memory texts. Her work has been recognised internationally. The following year she undertook a long term project on the Balkans, and received an honourable mention in the Oscar Barnack competition for her “Albanian landscape” project in 2003. She now lives in London. She has received two first prize World Press Photo Awards: in 1998, and in 2008 respectively. In 2008 in portrait category with the serie “Sweet Nothings”. Her first book The Black Sea was published by Mare in September 2007. “Sweet Nothings” is published in the U.K by Foto8.


Black Sea Musée de la Cohue, Vannes, France 2008
Sweet Nothings Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France 2008
Sweet Nothings Athens Photo Festival ,Athens, Greece 2008
Sweet Nothings & Black Sea Side Gallery, Newcastle, UK 2008/9
Sweet Nothings Host Gallery, London, UK 2009
Sweet Nothings Centro Itlaiane Arte Contemporanea , Foligno, Italy 2010
Sweet Nothings Kunstall Museum of Contemporary Art ,Rotterdam, Holland
Sweet Nothings Ancien Hotel de Ville, Saint-Denis (RÉUNION,) France 2010
Sweet nothings MC2 Gallery, Milan, Italy 2010
Sweet Nothings Gloria Gallery, Madrid, Spain 2010
Black Sea Image Singulieres, Sete, France 2011
Sweet Nothings Blue Sky Gallery, Portland Oregon, USA 2011
Georgia, Rencontres de la Photographie Gaspésie Canada 2012
Not only Rare Birds Sing Galerie VU Paris France 2013
Georgia Third Floor Gallery Cardiff, UK 2013
VanessaWinship survey Fundacion MAPFRE, Madrid, Spain 2014
Vanessa Winship ,survey la Sala de Exposiciones de San Benito, Valladolid,Spain 2014
Vanessa Winship survey Fondazione Stelline, Milan, Italy 2014/15
Vanessa Winship survey El Centro Andaluz de La Fotografia , Almeria, Spain 2015
Vanessa Winship survey Espacia de las Artes Tenerife Spain 2015
Black Sea, Georgia, she dances on Jackson & Sweet Nothings,
Le Galerie château d’eau, Toulouse, France 2015
Vanessa Winship survey Centro de Arte La Regenta, Gran Canaria, Spain 2016
The Grain of the Present Pier 24, San Francisco, USA until March 31st, 2018

Permanent Collections

Neuflize Vie
Henri Cartier Bresson Foundation
Elton John Collection
Nelson Atkins Museum
Do Good Fund of Southern Photography
Fundacion Mapfre

Prizes, Awards and Publications

Prix Henri Cartier Bresson, France 2011
Descubrimientos (discovery) award, Madrid Spain 2010
Godfrey Argent Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London UK 2008
2nd prize Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery UK 2009
National Media Museum photography award , UK 2010
Orvieto Fotografia Book Prize, Italy 2008
Iris D’Or, Sony, World Photography Awards, UK 2008
1st prize WPP Portrait Story, Holland 2007
Oskar Barnack award, Honourable mention, Germany 2003

And Time Folds, MACK, 2018
Vanessa Winship, MAPFRE, 2016
she dances on jackson by MACK, 2013 and 2018
Sweet Nothings published by Images En Manœuvres and Foto8, 2008
Schwarzes Meer published by Mare, 2007