Larry Towell’s business card reads “Human Being”. His experience as a poet and folk musician has greatly shaped his personal style.
In 1984, he became a freelance photographer and writer focusing on peasant and landless rebellion. He is the author of fourteen books including: No Man’s Land, which won the Nadar Prize, The Mennonites, which won the British D&AD and El Salvador, which won the US Golden Light Award. The World From My Front Porch was recognized as one of the best books of 2008 by Photo-Eye and Photo District News. His most recent book Afghanistan (Aperture) was credited as one of the Top Ten Photobooks of 2014 by The New Yorker and TIME Magazine. Other photography and visual arts awards include: the Henri Cartier-Bresson First Prize, a Hasselblad, Oskar Barnak, Alfred Eisenstadt, a W. Eugene Smith Fellowship for Humanist Photography, and the Canadian Paul de Hueck and Norman Prize Walford Career Achievement Award. In 2008, he won an Achievement in Film Making from the New York Independent Film and Video Festival for Indecisive Moments.
His work has been exhibited and collected internationally by The George Eastman House, The Getty, The Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson (Paris), Vancouver Art Gallery, the Art Gallery Ontario, The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), The Canadian Museum Of Contemporary Photography, The Archive Of Modern Conflict (UK), FOAM (Amsterdam), The Kunsthalle Erfurt (Germany). National Portrait Gallery (Edinburgh) and the Stephen Bulger, Leica and Zelda Cheatle Galleries in Toronto, New York and London.
Larry is also known for his innovative live performances incorporating original musical poetry, video and stills. He joined Magnum in 1988 and served as vice president of the New York office from 2007-2010 and 2014-2016. Larry lives in rural Ontario, where he shares a 75-acre farm.