Gary Knight’s entry into photojournalism began as a bid to fulfill his idealistic and romantic impulses, and to escape what he saw as the monotony of life in middle-class England during the Thatcher years. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he made Southeast Asia his home, creating his photographic portrayal of the internecine warfare within a region coming to terms with the end of the Cold War. By 1993, he had moved to the former Yugoslavia and became immersed in the subject that would come to dominate his photography – the effects of war on civilian populations.
After pioneering the launch of the VII Photo Agency in September 2001, Knight followed the development of events in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. He has been widely published by magazines all over the world and has received numerous high-profile awards.