About Fran Monks
I am a portrait photographer who loves to work with available light. I enjoy the challenge of making the best possible image, whatever the setting. In fact, I find that an unpredictable setting, with difficult conditions, is what really gets the creative juices flowing.
I am also passionate about using photography and image-making to have a positive impact in the world. Please take a look at my other site, How to Make a Difference, which is an on-going, 15 year long, project to interview and photograph people who are changing the world in different ways.
Previous and current clients include:
BBC History Magazine, World Histories, BBC Focus Magazine, BBC Wildlife Magazine – Keble, St Peter’s, Exeter and Nuffield Colleges, Oxford – The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford – The Financial Times – The Media Trust – Priestman Goode Design Agency – Oxford Festival of the Arts
Exhibitions, publications and prizes highlights:
2018 – Maison de L’international, Le Jardin de Ville, Grenoble City – “One Day Without Us” images.
2017 – Two portraits exhibited in “The Full Picture” exhibition in the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
2017 – The Gratitude Project Exhibition as part of the Oxford Festival of the Arts.
2014 – Winner of the Oxford, Canal Art Competition.
2012 – Solo Exhibition at Turl Street Kitchen, Oxford: How to Make a Difference.
2011 – World Photography Exhibition, Somerset House, London, image from Royal Wedding.
2011 – Publication of the book How to Make a Difference.
2009 – Solo Exhibition at Venetia’s, Hackney: Entering Motherhood.
2009 – How to Make a Difference TV documentary for the Community Channel.
2009 – Prize winner in the international photography competition: Fresh M.I.L.K.
My images have been published in the Guardian, the Washington Post, New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Forbes, US News, Smithsonian, the Telegraph, the Independent, BBC Online, PBS & Radio Times.
I am based in Oxford, UK, but can travel. I even speak rusty Chinese and Japanese!