The Photography of Howard French


Howard W. French is an associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he teaches journalism and photography.

For many years, he was a Senior Writer for The New York Times, where he spent most of a 22 year career as a foreign correspondent, working in and traveling to over 100 countries on five continents.

Until July 2008, he was the chief of the newspaper's Shanghai bureau. Prior to this assignment, he headed bureaus in Japan, West and Central Africa, Central America and the Caribbean.

Howard is the author of A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa (Knopf 2004), which was named non-fiction book of the year by several newspapers. “Continent” won the 2005 American Library Association Black Caucus Award for Non-Fiction, and was a finalist for both the Lettre Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage and for the Hurston-Wright Foundation’s non-fiction prize.

“Disappearing Shanghai,” Howard’s photography of the last remnants of Shanghai’s historic old neighborhoods has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Asia, and reprinted in numerous magazines. Prints from Disappearing Shanghai have been acquired by the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis, as part of its permanent collection.

At present, Howard is editing a book of his Shanghai photography which will be published by Homa and Sekey Books under the title Disappearing Shanghai in 2011. The Disappearing Shanghai project is a collaboration with the novelist and poet, Qiu Xiaolong, a Shanghai native, who will contribute some original writings of his own to the book.

Professionally made, exhibition quality prints of the work seen on this site are sold both in numbered editions and in specially boxed portfolio collections.

Howard is currently seeking representation. Commission proposals and gallery inquiries are also welcome.

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