Mario Popham is a photographer of Japanese and English descent who is currently based in Manchester, UK. He received his B.A. honours  in photography at Manchester School of Art in 2007 and has since continued to work on personal projects and commissions. His interests mainly lie in man’s paradoxical relationship to nature and how this finds expression within the post industrial British landscape.

His work has been exhibited in London, Wuhan and Rome among other places and his work, Enduring Growth was the subject of a solo exhibition at Manchester’s Cornerhouse in 2014.
He was a recipient of the Magenta Flash Forward Emerging Photographer Award 2013 and was nominated for the Tim Heatherington Trust 2014. He is currently working on a series of projects with artist Tom Baskeyfield collectively titled Shaped by Stone. The second instalment is currently under production with support from Arts Council England and will be exhibited at HOME, Manchester in 2018.

Telephone: +44(0)7940 913666

Curriculum Vitae


Shaped by Stone, ‘On the Stony Path’ Group Exhibition, GroundWork Gallery, Norfolk, 2017

Shaped by Stone, ’Northern Light’ group exhibition, SIA Gallery, Sheffield, 2016

Shaped by Stone, Jack Sevens Gallery & Teggs Nose Visitors Centre, Macclesfield 2016

Looking Glass, ’Transition’ group exhibition, PS Mirabel Gallery, Manchester, 2016

Enduring Growth, ‘Inside Out’ group exhibition, Wuhan Province, China, 2015

Enduring Growth, Cornerhouse, Manchester, 2014

Track Record, Islington Mill, Manchester, 2011

Suburban Gothic, The Art Corner, Manchester, 2010

In the Shadow of Progress, Tarshito Studios, Rome, 2007

Observer Hodge Award, Guardian Newsroom, 2006

Nikon Discovery Awards, Olympia Centre, London, 2007

In the Shadow of Progress, Tarshito Studio, Rome, 2007


ACE Grants For Arts – Awarded, 2017

Barnaby Arts Festival Commission – Winner , 2015

Tim Hetherington Trust Award – Nomination, 2014

Magenta Flash Forward Award – Winner, 2013

Nikon Discovery Awards – Shortlisted, 2007

Observer Hodge Award – Highly Commended, 2006



HOME, Manchester

The Independent

RNCM, Manchester

24/7 Theatre Festival

AG Photographic Journal

The British Council

Panos South Asia

Contact Theatre, Manchester

Random House Publications

Community Arts Northwest

Manifesto, Rome

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