Blenkinsop has been described as “one of the most essential photographers of his generation” (Christian Caujolle, Le Monde). Since taking residence in Southeast Asia in 1989, Blenkinsop’s name has become synonymous with forgotten conflicts and the photography of injustice. He has become a strong voice in the pro-advocacy debate within the media. Blenkinsop is adamant that the photographer should never censor scenes through the camera. “Photographers are both witness and messenger. Our responsibility must always lie with the people we focus on, and with the accurate depiction of their plight, regardless of how unpalatable this might be for magazine readers.”
Amongst other accolades he was awarded Amnesty International’s Photojournalism Prize for Excellence in Human Rights Journalism. Monographs of his work include The Cars That Ate Bangkok (White Lotus) and Extreme Asia (Photo Poche Société).
Blenkinsop sits on the advisory board of the Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice at The Institute for Global Leadership, Tufts University, USA. In 2011 he opened the 2snakestudio (a working/exhibition space for art/photography installations) in Bangkok’s Chinatown, which houses his permanent installation, The Lulik Haunt, overflowing with many of his own intricately worked pieces. In September 2012 Blenkinsop was bestowed with an Honorary Fellowship from the FalmouthUniversityCollege in recognition of his services to the world of photojournalism.