Amanda Hopkinson

Amanda Hopkinson is an academic, writer and literary translator. Her first biography was of the Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron (Virago 1988). Since then she has published monographs of the Latin American photographers Martin Chambi (Phaidon 2000) and Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Phaidon 2002) and written a history of Latin American photography (Reaktion forthcoming). She has edited and contributed to histories and encyclopaedias of photography [Gale Research] and of Latin American culture (Routledge 2000; 2019 & 2020). She has curated exhibitions and written/edited catalogues for The Photographers’ Gallery (work by Latin American women photographers) and the Barbican (work by Brazilian baiano photographers) among other galleries. She reviews photographic books exhibitions and contributes photographers’ obituaries to The Guardian and The Times newspapers and to BBC Radio.

In addition, the fascination with Latin American/Iberian culture has resulted in over 50 translations of authors including Isabel Allende; Elena Poniatowska; José Saramago and anthologies of both poetry [the first, Lovers and Comrades by Central American poet/activists, Women’s Press, 1989] and prose (most recently Lisbon Tales (OUP 2020)).

She recently retired as a Professor of Literary Translation, having previously been Director of the British Centre for Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia.


Hopkinson seeks to unearth the repressed history of women in her family, tracing the story of her maternal grandmother during World War Two.


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