Stuart Franklin was born July 16, 1956, in London, England. After studying photography at Oxford Polytechnic and West Surrey College of Art and Design, Franklin went on to photograph news and current affairs for Sygma Agence Presse in Paris from 1980 to 1985.
He joined Magnum Photos in 1985, covering subjects such as the U.S. involvement in Honduras, unemployment in Japan, and flooding in Sudan. He won a World Press Photo award for his now famous 1989 photo of a man standing up to a tank in China's Tiananmen Square.
Franklin began working with National Geographic in 1990, covering more than 20 assignments for the magazine on such subjects as Inca conqueror Francisco Pizarro, Shanghai, the hydro-struggle in Quebec, Buenos Aires, and Malaysia.
His book projects include Tiananmen Square, The Time of Trees, The Dynamic City, and Sea Fever.
Franklin's other projects include going to Antarctica with Greenpeace in 1989 and participating in the Photographer's Gallery project on London in 1991. He won the Christian Aid Award for Humanitarian Photography in 1985 and third prize in the World Press Photo award for spot news stories in 1991.
Franklin received his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Oxford in 2002. He lives in that city.