Brigitte Lardinois is Director of the Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) at University of the Arts in London.
From 1985-1995 she worked as an Exhibition Organiser and Curator at the Barbican Art Gallery where she specialised in the organisation and curation of photography exhibitions.
In 1995 she joined the staff of Magnum Photos to set up their Cultural Department in London. She was involved in many Magnum group exhibitions, notably Magnum Ireland, as well as solo shows – working with Henri Cartier-Bresson, Martin Parr, Josef Koudelka, Eve Arnold, Elliott Erwitt and many other members of the agency.
In 2006 she moved to the London College of Communication at the University of the Arts London to take up post as a Senior Research Fellow. Books include Magnum Magnum, the sixtieth Anniversary book of the agency which was published by Thames and Hudson in eight languages and is currently in its fourth edition.
For Thames and Hudson she also edited Eve Arnold’s People and an updated version of Magnum Ireland (co-edited with Val Williams) was published in Spring 2020.
Photography and curation are her specialist areas. Since 2014 her personal focus of research is the investigation of the Edward Reeves Archive in Lewes. Established in 1858 it is believed to be the oldest still surviving photography studio in the world. A book about this project is currently in preparation.