Concerned with the effects of marine plastic debris, Barker’s photographic work has reached worldwide audiences through international exhibitions, educational outreach, media reports and other means. Her aim is to expand public awareness of the environmental crisis by using aesthetically attractive visuals to communicate evolving scientific research.
This publication is introduced by Professor Richard Thompson OBE, a renowned marine scientist and Director of the University of Plymouth’s Marine Institute. His work has contributed to legislation on microbeads in cosmetics and other forms of plastic pollution.
Other texts include a foreword by Mandy Barker and an essay, Picturing Plastic Oceans, by Liz Wells, Professor in Photographic Culture at University of Plymouth. Barker also provides insight into the making of her images through an extensive survey of her personal process sketchbooks.
Her first photobook, Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals was recognised by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the Top 10 of 2017, and received widespread attention for its subject matter and design.
Editing and design by Tiffany Jones
Reviews + Press
Cover + Feature in The RPS Journal, Volume 159/April 2019, “Ocean Colour Scene”
National Geographic Kids Magazine, ‘The BIG Picture’, ‘PENALTY-The World’, September 2018
National Geographic Magazine, June 2018 (p72-79)
Lufthansa in-flight magazine, front cover, June 2018
FOAM Magazine 50th Issue, May 2018 (p133-146)
The British Journal of Photography, ‘Breaking Point’, May 2018
The UNESCO Courier – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation Magazine, May 2018
The New Scientist, front cover & Aperture feature, May 2018
Financial Times Magazine, ‘The Problem with Plastic’ by Clive Cookson, 27/28 January 2018
Exhibitions in 2019
The Royal Photographic Society House – opening solo exhibition at the new gallery, Bristol UK (5th April – 23 June)
In conversation with Professor Richard Thompson OBE, Friday 6th April, The RPS House, Bristol
Complesso monumentale Santa Maria della Vita, Bologna, Italy (12 April – September)
Fotografiska, Stockholm opening on World Oceans Day (8 June – September)
Impressions Gallery of Photography, Bradford, UK (27 June – 21 September) opening & talk Saturday 20th July
National Geographic Festival of Sciences, Rome, Italy – Invention – (8 – 14 April) Festival talk Thursday 11 April
Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia (23 August – 20 October)
Porto Biennale 2019, The Portuguese Centre of Photography, Porto, Portugal (from 15 May)
‘Football is Art’ National Football Museum, Manchester UK(4 April – 27 October)
‘Civilisation: The Way We Live Now’ UCCA Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (9 March – 19 May)
XXII Triennale di Milano, ‘Broken Nature: Design Takes On Human Survival’, Milano, Italy (1 March – 1 September)
Museu Vida Rural, Carulla Foundation, Espluga de Francoli, Catalonia, Spain (16 February – 20 October)