Tom Stoddart began his photographic career on a local newspaper in his native northeast of England. In 1978 he moved to London and began working freelance for publications such as the Sunday Times and Time Magazine.
During a long and varied career, he has witnessed such international events as the war in Lebanon, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the election of President Nelson Mandela, the bloody siege of Sarajevo and the wars against Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
In 1997, Tony Blair gave Stoddart exclusive behind the scenes access to his election campaign as Labour swept to victory after 18 years of Conservative government. More recently he documented Prime Minister David Cameron’s daily life at 10 Downing Street.
His acclaimed in-depth work on the HIV/AIDS pandemic blighting sub-Saharan Africa won the POY World Understanding Award in 2003. In the same year his pictures of British Royal Marines in combat, during hostilities in Iraq, was awarded the Larry Burrows Award for Exceptional War Photography. A year later his book iWITNESS was honoured as the best photography book published in the USA.
In the summer of 2012, Perspectives, an outdoor retrospective exhibition in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross was viewed by 225,000 visitors at London’s South Bank.
Now established as one of the worlds most respected photojournalists, and working extensively as a commercial photographer also, Stoddart is represented by Verbatim for corporate/commercial assignments, and syndicates his work with Getty Images.