A brief biography & achievements

Self portrait of Nancy Honey, October 1987

REF: NEH-1987-10-AM-0002

Self portrait of Nancy Honey, October 1987

Self portrait, October 1987
Part of the National Portrait Gallery collection

Nancy Honey’s personal work is just that – personal. Made over nearly 40 years, her images draw on her own experiences to consider topics such as motherhood, sexuality, power, and ageing. But though they’re framed by her biography, her projects look outwards, depicting and recording everyone from schoolgirls to businesswomen, infants to the elderly, models and bus passengers. As such they create a consistent body of work that’s asked a single question from many different angles – what does it mean to be a woman, now, in this particular time and place?


“Now the lack of diversity in photography and the position of women in our society is once again being considered; over the last 40 years, Nancy Honey has already walked the walk as a retrospective look over her 40-year career shows ”

Limited Editions Prints

Many of the photographs on this website are for sale as limited edition prints. There are a small number available in their vintage archival form from negative film original C41 prints. Contemporary prints are also available.

Please email me to ask about specific pictures and prices.

“Nancy Honey’s personal work is just that – personal. Made over nearly 40 years, her images draw on her own experiences to consider topics such as motherhood, sexuality, power, and ageing”


Public & Private Collections


1990 Woman To Woman
Hexagon Editions, UK
1992 Entering The Masquerade
National Musuem of Photography, Film & TV
2008 Poodle Parlour
One Picture Books, Nazraeli Press, USA
2008 100 Leading Ladies
Dewi Lewis Media, UK

Work Within Publications

1988 'Pictures of Innocence' by Anne Higgonet
Thames & Hudson, UK  
2018 'Born to be Wild' by Hattie Garlick
Bloomsbury Press, UK  
2018 100 Pioneering Women
National Portrait Gallery, UK  
2019 209 Women
Bluecoat Press, UK  
2020 'Seeking Thrills', album by Georgia
Domino Music, UK  

Articles & Reviews

1999 Creative Review, London
1998 D Magazine, La Republica, Italy
1996 FOTO, Amsterdam
1994 Women's Art Magazine, No 59
1992 Portfolio Magazine, Edinburgh
1992 Creative Camera, London
1992 FOTO Nr 2, Sweden
1991 Women's Art Magazine, London
1988 British Journal of Photography, London

Broadcast Interviews

1988 BBC Radio 4: Woman's Hour
1990 HTV Scene 90
1992 BBC Radio 4: Woman's Hour
1993 GMTV Breakfast Time, London
1993 Meridian TV, The Pier
1993 Channel 4: Without Walls
1993 BBC Radio 3: Night Waves
1994 BBC Radio 4: Kaleidoscope
1997 BBC Radio 4: Woman's Hour
2002 BBC Radio 4: Secret History of Sex
2014 Monocle Radio
2014 Radio Soho

Solo Exhibitions

1986 Recent Work
F Stop Gallery, Bath
1988 A Document
Watershed Media Centre, Bristol, and touring
1990 Woman To Woman
Royal Photographic Society, Bath and touring
1992 Entering The Masquerade
National Museum of Photography, Film & TV
1993 City Bus Project
Southampton, Public Art Commission
1993 Photographie - Nancy Honey
Maison Pour Tous, Calais, France
1994 Old Enough To Know Better
Cambridge Darkroom, Cambridge
1996 Recent Work
Melkweg Gallerie, Amsterdam
1997 City Bus Project
Braga Photography Festival, Braga, Portugal
1998 Secret Lives Luton
Chatham, Kent, Public Art Commission
2014 100 Leading Ladies
Somerset House, London
2015 100 Leading Ladies
Barclays Global HQ, London
2015 100 Leading Ladies
Hogan Lovell, London
2016 100 Leading Ladies
Cartwritght Hall, Bradford
2019 City Bus 25th Anniversary Exhibition

Selected Group Exhibitions

1986 Young Contemporaries
Institute of Contemporary Art, London
1987 Regarding Photography
Ffotogallery, Cardiff
1987 Women Artists Diary Exhibition
1988 Recent Work
Royal Photographic Society, Bath
1988 Self Portraiture Exhibition
Women Artists Slide Library, London and touring
1991 A Daughter’s View
Watershed Media Centre, Bristol and touring
1993 Desert Island Pics
The Photographers Gallery, London
1993 Women Artists Diary Exhibition
1994 Our Bodies, Ourselves
Nottingham Castle Museum
1996 Habitus
Galerie Fotohof, Salzburg, Austria
1997 Fotofeis International Festival
1998 Exhibition 98
Association of Photographers, London
1998 Encontros da Imagem
Braga International Photography Festival, Portugal
2002 One Heart, One World
NHK Japan Television touring Exhibition
2005 Outskirts
Spitalfields Literary Festival, London
2006 Encontros da Imagem
Braga International Photography Festival, Portugal
2008 In Our Manor
Waterloo Gallery, London
2013 Achievement - recent acquisitions
National Portrait Gallery, London
2018 209 Women
Portcullis House, London
2019 209 Women
Open Eye Liverpool
Portrait of Nancy Honey photographing

REF: E&N-6825

Portrait of Nancy Honey photographing

Nancy Honey photographing, 2015


1965 Fine Art
University of Oregon, USA
1967 Fine Art
San Francisco Art Institute, USA
1983 BA (Hons) in Visual Communication
Bath Academy of Art at Corsham, Wiltshire, UK
1985 Honorary Post Graduate Fellowship (Photography)
Bath Academy of Art, UK

Editorial Clients

Adbusters, Canada
Anna, Italy
Biba, France
Company Magazine, UK
Cosmo Girl, UK
Cosmopolitan, UK
Dealer Deluxe, France
elle Girl, UK
Everywoman, UK
Guardian , UK
Guardian Women’s Page, UK
Independent on Saturday, UK
Independent on Sunday, UK
J 17, UK
Madame Figaro, Le Figaro, France
Marie Claire, UK
Men’s Health, UK
New Yorker, USA
Psychologies, UK
Red Magazine, UK
Saga Magazine, UK
Saturday Telegraph Magazine, UK
Sunday Telegraph Magazine, UK
Sunday Times Magazine, UK
Tank, UK
Tatler, UK
The Economist, UK
Time Magazine, USA
Time Out, UK
You Magazine, UK

Advertising Clients

Department for Education, UK Gov
NCTL FCB Inferno, London
Livability, UK
Johnson Banks, London
Eversheds Sutherland LLP
G2, Joshua, London
Procter & Gamble, UK
Proximity, London
National Rail ATOC, UK
Proximity, London
RAPP, London
Penguin Group
Penguin Ireland
Boots, UK
Proximity London
Vodafone, UK
Dare, London
The Sutton Trust, UK
Stylus, London
Gala Bingo, UK
Tequila, London
Tate & Lyle, UK
Gyro, London
Kingsmill, UK
MC Saatchi, London
Cow & Gate, UK
Ogilvy, London
British Land, UK
CDT, London
Microsoft, UK
Wunderman Interactive, London
Birdseye, UK
HHCL, London
Teachers Training Agency
DDB, London
Fiat, UK
Leo Burnett, London
Sainsburys, UK
Abbot Mead Vickers BBDO, London
Canon, UK
Tequila, London
Galaxy Chocolate
Grey Worldwide, London
Rapier, London
Large Smith Walford, London
Commission for Health Improvement
Team Design, London
Credit Suisse
D’Arcy, London
Yorkshire Electricity
Rapier, London
ONVZ, Netherlands
KesselsKramer, Amsterdam
Peugot, UK
Superdrug, UK
Bates Dorland, London
Fairy Washing Powder
D’Arcy, London
Central Office of Information, DfEE, UK Gov
D’Arcy, London
Nestles, UK
Ogilvy & Mather, London
Sony, UK
BMP DDB, London
Nissan, UK
TBWA Simons Palmer, London
Co-Operative Society, UK
Partners BDDH, London
Zanders Paper Company, Germany
Roundel Design
Life Education Centres, UK
Shoreditch Studios, London
Marie Claire, Netherlands
KesselsKramer, Amsterdam
Safeway, UK
Addison Design, London
Nationwide Building Society, UK
GGT, London
Olympus Cameras, UK
Lowe Howard Spink, London
Hamley’s Plc, UK
Smithfield Design, London

Personal Projects

1985 - 1987
Woman to Woman
Apple of My Eye
Entering the Masquerade
Old Enough to Know Better
1980 - 2010
Fashion Stories
2001 - 2004
100 Leading Ladies
2012 - 2014
Stay At Home Dads
2014 - ongoing