Mark Sealy is interested in the relationship between photography and social change, identity politics, race, and human rights. He has been director of Autograph ABP (London) since 1991 and has produced artist publications, curated exhibitions, and commissioned photographers and filmmakers worldwide, including the recent critically acclaimed project Human Rights Human Wrongs exhibition.
In 2002, he jointly initiated and developed a £7.96 million capital building project (Rivington Place), which opened in 2007. He has written international photography publications, including Foam Magazine, Aperture, and Next Level. In 2002, Sealy and professor Stuart Hall coauthored Different, which focuses on photography and identity politics.
His most recent projects include the commissioning of The Unfinished Conversation Encoding Decoding; Human Rights Human Wrongs, curated for Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, in 2013; and a new 2014 commission and exhibition of Sammy Baloji’s photographic work.
He has served as a photography jury member for World Press Photo, the Carmignac Gestion photojournalism award, and the Sony World Photo award. In 2015, he chaired the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Book award.
Sealy has guest lectured at institutions such as the Royal College of Art and Tate Britain, and recently devised a global photography MA studies program for Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
Sealy has been awarded the Hood Medal by the Royal Photographic Society and a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire award for services to photography 2013. He is currently a PhD candidate at Durham University focusing on photography and cultural violence.