Approved: 03.09.2015

Lee Karen Stow

Artist, Journalist, Researcher, Writer

Approved: 03.09.2015

Independent female documentary photographer, photojournalist and photographic artist, published and exhibiting internationally. Born in 1966 in Hull and living in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.

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    Independent female documentary photographer, photojournalist and photographic artist, published and exhibiting internationally. Born in 1966 in Hull and living in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.

    I entered journalism in 1989. Travelling on assignment to around 60 countries I documented people and places for national newspapers and magazines including The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Express on Sunday, Hello!, Wanderlust and CNN Traveller. Along the way I taught myself photography, then trained with former National Geographic legendary photographers James L. Stanfield and Sam Abell.

    Since 2007 I have devoted my time and skills to the pursuit of long-term solo projects on contemporary women’s issues, several of which have been funded by Arts Council England. They include:

    42. This body of work highlights the low life expectancy of women in Sierra Leone, West Africa and is a collaboration with the women who also work on their own photographic projects and exhibitions. 42 has exhibited in the UK in London in conjunction with Amnesty UK, and at the International Museum of Slavery in Liverpool. Overseas in Sierra Leone, Europe and the United States (opened by National Geographic photographer James L. Stanfield). Selected images are on permanent display at the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation in Hull, England. The image ‘Woman’s Work’ is in the New Hall Art Collection at the University of Cambridge, UK.

    Girls in the Ring, a photographic essay on the female amateur boxers of Yorkshire, was awarded the Inspire mark for London 2012. Exhibited at Hand-Made in Bradford; The Ferens, Hull; James Reckitt Gallery, Hull.

    Poppies: Women, War, Peace brings together my documentary and fine art photography. Portraits of women affected by/involved in war, conflict and peace campaigning since the First World War are shown alongside the poppy flower, in all its colours. It remembers that the poppy Remembrance symbol and the white poppy of peace were each founded by women. Exhibition launch and tour: Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge in November 2014; Museum of Liverpool 2015-2016; University of Hull Summer 2016; York Army Museum until end 2016. The image ‘White Poppy’ is in the New Hall Art Collection at the University of Cambridge, UK.

    In 2012 I was awarded an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Letters) by the University of Hull for my photographic work.

    CV & Education

    Lee Karen Stow
    Freelance photographic artist and writer
    Born: June 18, 1966
    Address: 32a North Bar Within, Beverley, Hull HU7 8DL
    Email: leestow@yahoo.co.uk
    Website: www.leekarenstow.com


    Summary: Former features writer on a daily newspaper in the North East of the United Kingdom covering local news, features, interviews and travel. Became freelance in 1995 travelling mostly solo to 60-plus countries to write and photograph about people and places for a variety of London and national publications. In February 2007 I became involved in a long-term documentary photographic and written study of the women of Sierra Leone, West Africa entitled ’42’. This project has led on to ‘Fighting for Gold’, and ‘Girls in the Ring’.

    Newspaper and Magazine Work (articles):
    The Times; The Daily Telegraph; Financial Times Expat; Country Living; The Express; The Express on Sunday; The Scotsman; CNN Traveller; Geographical; Wanderlust; Travel Africa; Hello!; In Britain; Travel Weekly; Sunday Post; Sunday Post Magazine; Sunday Mail; Yorkshire Post; Manchester Evening News; Hull Daily Mail

    Newspaper and Magazine Work (photography):
    Le Monde; Amnesty International UK (front cover); Le Monde; The Times; The Daily Telegraph; Financial Times Expat; The Express; The Express on Sunday; The Scotsman; Geographical; Wanderlust; Travel Africa; Hello!; In Britain; Sunday Post; Sunday Post Magazine; Sunday Mail; Yorkshire Post; Manchester Evening News; Royal Commonwealth Society; Global Magazine

    Clients (Photography)
    Africa Development Bank (part of World Bank) to photograph inauguration of the Bumbuna Dam in rural Sierra Leone; Malawi High Commission; Aspire Trust.
    Commission from BP Saltend Hull to photograph ‘Women in Industry’ for Summer exhibition and awareness campaign 2012

    Campaigns and Organisations
    Photography used for ‘Mum’s Manifesto’ /Mother’s Day campaign by Amnesty International UK March 2010

    Bookwork (writing and photography):
    Articles and photography for three AA (Automobile Association) Adventure Travellers guides: South America, India and the Himalayas (Tibet and Sri Lanka), Australia; Research, writing and photography for AA Essential Barbados; and AA Essential Dominican Republic; Research, writing for AA Historical Walks of Britain; Research, writing for AA Great Cities of the World


    Arts Awards and Commissions:
    Grant awarded by Arts Council England for The Travel I've Seen photography exhibition, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, UK December 2003

    Grant awarded by Arts Council England for study with National Geographic photographer, Jim Stanfield at Santa Fe Workshops, New Mexico, USA in March 2003??

    Grant awarded by Hull City Arts to deliver A Day in the Life a documentary photography workshop to women attending Hull Women’s Centre, Hull, UK 2005

    10-day Photographer’s Facilitators Course with PhotoVoice, at the Tate Modern, London, UK 2005, sponsored by London Arts

    Arts Council England grant awarded for ‘Greetings!’ Wilberforce Women 2007 community photography project Stage 2 as part of Wilberforce 2007,  Freetown, Sierra Leone, Africa

    Arts Council England and Hull City Arts Grant host visit to UK of four women photographers from Freetown and implementation of further photography skills training week as part of Wilberforce Women

    Arts Council England grant for 42 The Women of Sierra Leone photographic field study 2008 in Sierra Leone, West Africa

    Arts Council England grant for research and development for 42 The Women of Sierra Leone a photographic study 2009

    British Council grant towards 42 The Women of Sierra Leone photographic field study 2009

    Arts Council England grant for International Tour of 42 The Women of Sierra Leone 2010

    Arts Council England grant for Girls in the Ring, Hull

    Arts Council England grant for Girls in the Ring, Yorkshire

    Inspire mark granted for Girls in the Ring, as recognised by London 2012 Olympic Games

    Image Woman’s Work taken by the New Hall Art Collection at Murray College, Cambridge

    Arts Council England grant for Poppies: Women and War

    Hull Libraries Trust grants for I Remember local women and war/refugee project and Winifred’s War

    Image White Poppy of Peace taken by the New Hall Art Collection at Murray College, Cambridge

     


    Photography Exhibitions (in date order)

    Children of the World, Hull Anti-Slavery Anniversary, Hull, UK December 2003

    The Travel I've Seen, documentary photography, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, UK December 2003-January 2004, sponsored by Arts Council England

    Women of Sierra Leone for International Women’s Day, University of Hull, UK 2008

    ‘Kadiatu’ image shown at Foto8 Summer Show, Host Gallery, London, UK 2008

    Women of Sierra Leone, TopArt Photo Gallery, Szczecin, Poland, January 2009

    42 (Women of Sierra Leone), The Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, UK June 2009

    Kroo Bay shanty town for World Environment Day, British Council HQ, Sierra Leone, West Africa June 2009

    42, British Council HQ, Sierra Leone, West Africa November 2009

    42, Carlisle Arts Center, Pennsylvania, USA November 2009. Public talk opened by Mr James L. Stanfield, photographer, National Geographic Magazine

    42, Royal Commonwealth Society, London, UK. Co-hosted by Amnesty International UK and opened by human rights lawyer Professor Paul Hunt, March 2010

    42, for International Women’s Day March 2010, Reading International Solidarity Centre, Reading, UK

    42, Royal Commonwealth Society, London, UK. Co-hosted by Amnesty International UK March 2010

    42, University of Hull (Middleton Hall) hosted by the Faculty of Health, July 2010

    42, public presentation Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. In collaboration with the Pacific North West Art School, Whidbey Island and the Soroptimists

    42, The Art House, Wakefield, Yorkshire, UK

    42, Lehman Library, Shippensburg University, Pennsylvania, USA hosted by the Journalism and Visual Studies Department with a grant from the Human Understanding Committee, USA

    42, WISE (Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation) University of Hull, Hull

    Image from ‘Closer’ at Bloom, botanical exhibition by Yorkshire artists, at Back o the Shop, York March 2012

    42 Women of Sierra Leone, for International Women’s Day March 2011, International Slavery Museum, Liverpool, UK

    42 programme for New College and Ringling College, Sarasota, Florida, and the Embracing our Differences Campaign USA Spring 2011

    Girls in the Ring, Fabric, James Reckitt Gallery, Hull Summer 2011

    Girls in the Ring, Fabric, Bradford June 2012

    Girls in the Ring, Hull Ferens, August 2012

    Poppies & Postcards, The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber, February 2014

    Poppies & Postcards, St Mary’s Church, November 2014

    I Remember, Hull Central Library, November 2014

    Poppies: Women and War, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, November 2014

    Auschwitz, Holocaust Memorial Day, Hull History Centre for University of Hull, January 2015

    Winifred’s War, Hull Central Library, March 2015 for International Women’s Day

    42 Women of Sierra Leone, The Horniman Museum, London Spring 2015

    Poppies: Women and War, Museum of Liverpool, July 2015 to June 2016

    Selected images from Poppies: Women and War, UN Headquarters, New York, November 2015

    Poppies: Women and War, Brynmor Jones, University of Hull June 2016


    Awards
    Reader's Digest Prince's Youth Business Trust Regional Award Winner 1991

    Runner-up Travel Writer of the Year Skylines 2000 British Regional Airlines

    'Highly Commended' Photographer of the Year Skylines 2001 British Regional Airlines

    Rotary International of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Winner of the Humanitarian Reporting Awards 2007

    Shortlisted Neville Shulman Challenge Award, London 2008

    Winner: Soroptimist Ruby Award for Making a Difference 2009 Whidbey Island, Pacific North West, Washington, USA

    Winner: Soroptimist Ruby Award for Making a Difference 2010 Whidbey Island, Pacific North West, Washington, USA

    Awarded Honorary Degree (D Litt) Doctor of Letters by University of Hull January 2012

    Awarded Honorary Member of Rotary Club Hull, March 2012

    Lectures/Slideshows
    International Slavery Museum, Liverpool; Reading International Solidarity Centre; Redeye Photographer’s Network, Manchester; Yorkshire Photographer’s Network at Impressions Gallery, Bradford; University of Hull; Christian Aid; Shippensburg University, Pennsylvania (USA); Dickenson College Pennsylvania (USA) - presented by National Geographic photographer James L Stanfield; Ringling College, Sarasota, Florida (USA); Pacific NorthWest Art School, Washington state (USA); YWA Carlisle, Pennsylvania (USA); various Rotary International groups; various church groups; schools and community groups.

    LINKS
    From the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, at the University of Hull, UK
    http://www2.hull.ac.uk/fass/wise/news/leestowh.aspx
    http://www2.hull.ac.uk/fass/wise/news/lee-stow.aspx http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-17817541 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-29407993

    From the BBC News site
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-29407993
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-17817541

    From Liverpool, UK
    http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ism/exhibitions/42/
     http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol/exhibitions/poppies-women-war/


    From the New Hall Art Collection, University of Cambridge, UK
    http://www-art.newhall.cam.ac.uk/the-collection/by/artist/id/329/name/Lee+Karen+Stow/artwork/501

    Honorary Degree keynote address, University of Hull
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WL6r2ptzlMQ