Celine Marchbank is a slow and acute observer of daily life, fascinated by the quiet details of domesticity, and the often overlooked stories within. 

Celine’s first book; Tulip, the story of the last year of her mother's life, was published by Dewi Lewis Publishing in 2016, where it was met with widespread acclaim and exhibited and published nationally and internationally. Named Photo Book of the Month by Sean O’Hagan in The Observer newspaper and Photo Book of The Week by Photo-Eye, featured in The British Journal of Photography, BBC News, The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, The Independent, The Telegraph Magazine, Vanity Fair and Photomonitor amongst others. 

Her work has won and been a selected finalist for a series of awards. In 2017 Celine was a winner in the documentary category in the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers, Jury’s Selection for the Prix Virginia International Photography Prize for Women, and category winner in the Creative Review Photography Annual. Her work has also been shortlisted in several photography awards including The European Publishers Award For Photography, The Deutsche Bank Photography Award, Magenta Flash Forward Awards, The Lucie Foundation Grant, a finalist in the Emergentes DST International Photography Award, and the winner of the Hereford Photography Festival Open Here award.

This year she was named as one of the winning artists for the Photoworks and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust commission to create a permanent collection of photographic artworks for the 3Ts Hospital Redevelopment Public Art Programme. As well as being commissioned for 209 Women, a project to create portraits of all the 209 female members of Parliament to mark the centenary of women achieving the vote in 1918, resulting in an exhibition at the Palace of Westminster in December 2018.

She is a lecturer in photography on the BA (Hons) Photography course at Ravensbourne University London, a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA), and a Leica Akademie Ambassador running Leica workshops around the UK.


2018    Photoworks, CONNECT - 3Ts Brighton NHS Hospital Redevelopment Public Arts Programme -  Commissioned artist winner 

2018    209 Women in Parliament project marking 100 years of votes for women  -  Commissioned artist 

2018    Ravensbourne University research funding  -  Awarded for two projects

2017    Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers Category winner 

2017    Pink Lady Food Photographer of The Year Award Highly Commended

2016    Creative Review Photography Annual 2016 Category winner

2016    Prix Virginia International Prize for Women Jury's Selection

2016    Tulip named The Observer's Photo Book of the Month by Sean O'Hagan

2016    Tulip named Book of the week in Photo-Eye

2016    Dewi Lewis Publishing published Tulip into a photo book

2015    Invited to become a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the Arts)

2013    Magenta Flash Forward Awards Honourable Mention

2011    Hereford Photography Festival Open Here Award Winner 

2011    European Publishers Award  Shortlisted

2011    Deutsche Bank Photography Award  Shortlisted

2011    International Photography Award Emergentes DST Finalist

2011    LUCIE Foundation Scholarship  Shortlisted

2011    Selected for artist residency Pittenweem, Scotland


2018    A Stranger in My Mother's Kitchen, Hull International Photography Festival. Solo show - upcoming: 5th-28th Oct

2018    209 Women, Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament. Group show - upcoming: 14th Dec-Feb'19  
2018    A Stranger in My Mother's Kitchen, Celebration of Women's Photography, Museum of Photography Ireland, Dublin. Screening - upcoming: Dec 2018

2018    Tulip, Family of No Man, Cosmos, Rencontres d’Arles, France. Group show

2018    A Stranger in My Mother's Kitchen, Photoworks Presents: Collaborate. Truman Brewery, London. Group show.

2018    A Stranger in My Mother's Kitchen, Photoscratch, Hotel Elephant, London. Group show

2017    A Stranger in My Mother's Kitchen, Salon/17 Photofusion, London. Group show 

2017    Tulip, Dewi Lewis, Paris Photo, France. Book show

2017    Tulip, VIA Summer Exhibition, Francesa Maffeo Gallery, Leigh on Sea, UK. Group show 

2017    Tulip, Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Gallery, Athens, Greece. Group show 

2017    TulipCarlisle Photo Festival, University of Cumbria, Carlisle, UK. Group show 

2017    Tulip & A Stranger in My Mother's Kitchen, FIX Photo Festival, Bargehouse, OXO Tower, London. Group show 

2017    A Stranger in My Mother's Kitchen, Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year Award, Mall Galleries, London. Award show 

2017    A Stranger in My Mother's Kitchen, Free Space Project, London. Group show 

2017    24 Hours, Soho Square Gardens, London. Outside group show 

2016    Tulip, Prix Virginia International Prize for Women, Paris, France. Award show 

2016    Tulip, Offprint, Tate Modern, London. Book show

2016    Tulip, Photo London, Somerset House, London. Book show

2016    Tulip, Format Photo Festival, Derby, UK. Book show

2016    A Stranger in My Mother's Kitchen, Photo Scratch, Ugly Duck, Bermondsey, London.

2016    A Stranger in My Mother's Kitchen, Salon/16, Photofushion, Brixton, London. Group show  

2016    TulipPhoto-Forum end of year show, Printspace, Shoreditch, London. Group show 

2016    Tulip, Felifa Book Awards, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Book show

2016    A Stranger in My Mother's Kitchen, LIP Annual Show, Espacio Gallery, London. Group show

2016    Tulip, Book Awards 2016, Rencontres d’Arles, photography festival, France. Book show

2016    A Stranger in My Mother's Kitchen, Photo Scratch, Hotel Elephant, London. Group show

2016    The Swap, Portrait Salon, The Reminders Stronghold Gallery, Tokyo. Group show

2015    The Swap, Portrait Salon, Embassy Tea Rooms Gallery, London. Group show

2015    Greys, LIP Annual Show, Embassy Tea Rooms Gallery, London. Group show

2015    Greys, NCM ExposedPhotofusion, London. Group show

2015    Bleeding London, Royal Photographic Society, City Hall, Queen’s Walk, London. Group show

2015    Greys, London Independent Photography, Embassy Tea Rooms Gallery, London. Group show

2014    The Wye, Photobookshow H, Doomed Gallery, Dalston, London. Group show

2014    The Wye, Photofusion Salon/14 annual show, Photofusion, London. Group show

2014    Notes from a small island, East Neuk Collective, Pittenweem Arts Festival, Scotland.

2014    Notes from a small island, The Drawing Room, Old Bicycle Club, Peckham, London. Group show

2013    The Wye, Hereford Photography Festival, UK. Solo show

2013    The Wye, Magenta Flash Forward, London. Group show

2013    Notes from a small island, The Art Collective, Oxford House Gallery, London. Group show

2012    The Wye, The Art Collective, The Affordable Art Fair, London. Group show

2012    Tulip, Photobookshow D, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland. Book show

2012    Washing the Weem, London Independent Photography, Strand Gallery, London. Group show

2012    Tulip, Firecracker: Lives of Others, London Festival of Photography. Group show

2012    Washing the Weem, Artist residency, Pittenweem Arts Festival, Scotland.

2012    Tulip, Photobookshow B, Ground Floor Left, Hackney, London. Group show

2012    Swimmers, The Art Collective, Bloomsbury Art Fair, London. Group show

2012    Swimmers, The Art Collective, Corner Gallery, Brighton. Group show

2012    Swimmers, The Gowlett, Peckham, London. Solo Show

2011    Tulip, Hereford Photography Festival auction, HotShoe Gallery, London. Group show

2011    Swimmers, Open Here Award exhibition, Hereford Photography Festival. Group show

2011    Tulip, London Independent Photography, Proud Central Gallery, London. Group show

2011    Tulip, European Publishers Award night, Rencontres d’Arles, France. Screening

2011    Tulip, International Photography Award, Encontros da Imagem festival, Portugal.

2010    Uncommon Ground, MA Degree Show, London College of Communication. 

2010    I Heart Street Photo by So Shoot Me collective, The Book Club, Shoreditch, London.

2010    Matters of the Heart by So Shoot Me collective, City Arts and Music Project, London.


2018   Mother by Celine Marchbank & Matthew Finn, PhotoForum talk, The Print Space, London.

2018   Photography workshop leader, funded by The Big Lottery Fund, Kentish Town Health Centre, London

2018   Hothouse Manchester, RedEye Photography Network, The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester. 

2018   Leica Akademie food photography workshop at Leica City Store, London.

2018   Leading workshops for Accumulate charity. Providing creative workshops to young homeless people at various venues including: Somerset House, The Photographer's Gallery & Autograph Gallery.

2017   Panel discussion with Michal Iwanawski, Ravensbourne University, London

2017   Family Ties Network symposium, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, The University of Greenwich, London

2017   Panel discussion with Matthew Finn, David Chancellor, Laura Pannack and Sophie Harris-Taylor, Francesa Maffeo Gallery, Leigh on Sea, UK.

2017   Panel discussion with Chris Steel-Perkins, Carlotta Cardana & Mike Crawford, FIX Photo Festival, Bargehouse, OXO Tower, London.

2017   Leica Akademie food photography workshop at Harrods, London. 

2017   PechaKucha, Photofusion, London.

2017   Leica Akademie documentary photography workshop at the Royal Photographic Society, Bath. 

2016   Inside Out, Free Space Project, London

2016   Bath Spa University, Bath

2016   Metamorphosis, Hotel Elephant, London


2016     Tulip, Dewi Lewis Publishing   Buy here.


2010    MA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography 

            London College of Communication. Distinction

2018    Postgraduate Certificate of Education in Teaching and Learning for Creative Courses

            Ravensbourne University, London.

2002    BA (Hons) Graphic Design

            The Surrey Institute of Art & Design. First-class honours


Photoworks - Showcase: CONNECT commissioned artist Celine Marchbank

Fleur & Arbor - Q&A with Celine Marchbank

BBC News - My mother's favourite flower: A life remembered

The Observer Newspaper - Photobook of the Month: Tulip by Celine Marchbank review – a daughter’s floral tribute

The Guardian - How I photographed my mother’s last days, written by Homa Khaleeli

British Journal of Photography - Tulip: Quiet Images of a Mother’s Struggle with Cancer

Photo-Eye - Book of The Week - Book of the Week: A Pick by Jordan Sullivan

Photomonitor – Book review by Anna McNay

PhotoVoice - How Photography Helped me: Celine Marchbank

Creative Review: Photography Annual – Feature in Personal Work category

Shutterhub -  Photo books: our latest favourites - Summer 2017

The Guardian In Pictures - Tea, tulips and tenderness: my mother’s final days – in pictures

Vanity Fair, Italy - I photographed my mother's last days of life

Ilpost, Italy - A flower not to forget

L'Oeil de la Photographic - Tulip, My Mother’s favourite flower

Royal Photographic Society - The Tulip Project

Fragmentary - Interview with Celine Marchbank

The Plus Paper - Love, Loss and Catharsis

The Independent -Celine Marchbank, Tulip: My Mother’s Favourite Flower, book review

TIME Lightbox - showcase inspiring photography projects selected by the Photo Editors at TIME

Vantage - Tulip, My Mother’s Favourite Flower

Workshop X - Celine Marchbank – Tulip

The Times Literary Supplement – Book review

Amateur Photography Magazine – Book review

B&W Photography Magazine – Book review


BBC News, Barclays, Belt & Braces, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Brick Brewery, British Journal of Nursing, Gardiner Richardson Agency, The Guardian, Hanger Magazine, Hereford Photography Festival, The Independent, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, John Lewis, Kentish Town Health Centre, Leica UK, Landor Associates, The New Yorker, The Observer, OneFineStay, PDSA, PhotoVoice, Photoworks, Reuters, Ralph Lauren, Rooftop Film Club, Royal Mail, Tottenham Hotspurs Foundation, The Telegraph Saturday Magazine, Transport for London, Thames & Hudson, Thirteen Housing Group, United Nations World Food Program, University of the Arts, The White Company.