Mandy Barker (U.K.)
SOUP: Bird’s Nest, 2011
C-Type print, Fuji Crystal Archive Matte paper, mounted on Dibond, printed in 2016, Edition 12/25
42 x 60 inches (107 x 152 cm), signed in pen on label
Courtesy of the artist
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Mandy Barker is a British photographer working in the U.K. Since graduating in 2011 with a
master’s degree in photography from De Montfort University, Leicester, England, she has received
international recognition for her work involving plastic marine debris. Her series SOUP has been
published in over twenty countries and has appeared in TIME, Smithsonian, The Guardian, Wired,
and GEO, and on CNN. The motivation for her work is to raise awareness about plastic pollution
in the world’s oceans while highlighting its harmful effect on marine life and ultimately ourselves.
In 2012 she received funds from the Royal Photographic Society’s environmental bursary enabling
her to join scientists in a research expedition to examine the accumulation of plastic marine debris
in the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Hawaii. Barker speaks about her work at international gatherings
and was invited as a guest speaker to the Plastic Free Seas Youth Conference 2013 in Hong Kong.
In 2014 she was interviewed live for Connect the World on CNN News US, discussing her series
PENALTY. She has exhibited globally and received many awards, including LensCulture Earth Award
2015 and the 2014 International Photography Award in the Editorial Environmental Professional
category; she has also been nominated twice for the prestigious Prix Pictet, the world’s leading
photographic award in sustainability.