Celine Marchbank is a British documentary photographer based in London. Her work concentrates on small stories, examining the quiet details of everyday life. 

A Leica Ambassador and a Fellow of the RSA, Celine’s work has been exhibited widely throughout the UK, and internationally. Her work has been shortlisted for several prestigious photography awards including The European Publishers Award For Photography, The Deutsche Bank Photography Award, The Lucie Foundation, and was a finalist in the Emergentes DST International Photography Award, Magenta Flash Forward Awards, winner of the Hereford Photography Festival Open Here Award and jury’s selection for the Prix Virginia International Photography Prize for Women.

Last year Celine publish her first book: Tulip, the story of the last year of her mother's life. Published by Dewi Lewis Publishing, it was met with widespread acclaim, being named Photo Book of the Month by Sean O’Hagan in The Observer newspaper, and Photo Book of The Week by Photo-Eye. It was also featured in a variety of places including; The British Journal of Photography, BBC News, The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, The Independent, The Telegraph Magazine, Vanity Fair, Photomonitor, and was a selected winner in the Creative Review Photography Annual.

She spends her time between long-term documentary projects, exhibiting work regularly, and undertaking commercial and editorial work. She is a regular lecturer in documentary photography on the BA (Hons) Photography course at Ravensbourne University in London, and is also a Leica Akademie Ambassador running regular Leica workshops across the UK.


2017    Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers Category winner 

2017    Pink Lady Food Photographer of The Year Award Highly Commended

2017    Lisa Pritchard Futures  Shortlisted

2016    Creative Review Photography Annual 2016 Category winner

2016    Prix Virginia International Prize for Women Jury's Selection

2016    Invited to become a Leica Akademie Ambassador

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

2016    RPS International Print Exhibition 159 Shortlisted

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

2015    Lisa Pritchard Futures  Shortlisted

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


2017    TulipA Stranger in My Mother's Kitchen, FIX Photo Festival, Bargehouse, OXO Tower, London.

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, Format Photo Festival, DerbyBook 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, London. Group show  

2016    Tulip, Photo-Forum end of year show, Printspace, London. Group show 

2016    Tulip, Prix Virginia International Prize for Women, Paris, France. Award 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    Tulip, Offprint, Tate Modern, London. Book show

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

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, end of residency show, 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.


2016     Tulip, Dewi Lewis Publishing


2010    MA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography 

             London College of Communication. Distinction

2002    BA (Hons) Graphic Design

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


BBC News
The Observer Newspaper - Photobook of the Month
The Guardian

British Journal of Photography
Photo-Eye - Book of The Week
Vanity Fair
L'Oeil de la Photographic
Royal Photographic Society
The Plus Paper
The Independent

The Plus Paper

TIME Lightbox
Workshop X

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