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About Fran Monks

Fran Monks is a British portrait photographer. She is best known for her engaging and painterly portraits of individuals who are changing our world. Her website, How To Make A Difference, features her interviews and portraits of remarkable people, dating back to 2004.

Monks’ work has been widely published in national and international magazines and newspapers. Her photographs are currently exhibited in the Ashmolean Museum, Examination Schools and several Oxford Colleges. Her Gratitude Project was commissioned for the Oxford Festival of the Arts in 2017.

Monks trained as a photographer at the Corcoran School of Art and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC and Central St Martin’s School of Art, London.

Previous and current clients include:

BBC History Magazine, World Histories, BBC Focus Magazine, BBC Wildlife Magazine – Balliol, 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:

2019  – The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford “A Nice Cup of Tea” portrait images

– Keble College, Oxford, “Portrait of Keble. An Installation”

– Balliol College, Oxford, 8 group portraits of Balliol women.

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.

Monks’ 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.

Fran Monks is based in Oxford, UK, but can travel. She even speaks rusty Chinese and Japanese!