Born 1955 -  Ashington, Northumberland.

​Documentary Photographer based in the North East of England

On seeing an exhibition of paintings in 1977 by 'The Ashington Group' - 'The Pitmen Painters'- a group of Ashington men brought together in 1934 by the Workers’ Educational Association for Art Appreciation classes, Mik Critchlow realised the value of art as social document, the visual representation of everyday life by one’s own experiences and knowledge. 

He began an ongoing project to photograph his home town and its people.

Mik has continued to work within North East communities for nearly forty years, he undertakes community based arts projects for non profit organisations and teaches documentary photography to groups within a socially engaged context. 


'Under The Rainbow' - Bloodaxe Books 1992

'Durham Past Present Future' - Queen Anne Press 1993

'Car Crazy' - Barry Stone 2001

'Igloos In The Sun' - Barry Stone 2004

'Britain's Lost Mines' - Chris Arnot - Aurum Press 2013

'Up There'  -  Michael Walker - DeCoubertin Books 2014

The British Journal of Photography 

Amateur Photographer

Creative Camera

The Architects Journal

 The Landworker

Nicaragua Today

The Independant

The Guardian

Cricket World

​The Drouth


1987-2016: Various Schools/Art Centre Residencies Including:

Durham County Council Arts Libraries Museums

'Silloth Residency 1992 -  Raymond Moore Photo Trail'  -  Image: Andy Mortimer

Silloth On Solway Middle School Cumbria - Photographer In Residence

Coquet High School Amble - Photographer In Residence

Queens Hall Arts Centre Hexham-Documentary Photography

Riverbank Special School

Netherton Park Social Services Children's Assessment Centre

Alexandra County First School

Coates Endowed Middle School Ponteland Northumberland

Northumberland Libraries-Alnwick & Berwick Upon Tweed-’Tomorrows History’

Alnwick Playhouse Darkrooms

Hadston Young Womens Group

Wansbeck Community Initiative Centre

Northumbria Probation Service

Saint Benet Biscop High School-Bedlington

Northumberland College

4Arts Canterbury - 'Golf as Metaphor' Status Style & Land Ownership

Helix Arts Newcastle - ISSP Northumberland 'My Take'

BAIT - 'The Share' - Guide Post CIU Social Club

Buddleia Arts Projects / BAIT -  'The Hirst' 2016

Creative People Creative Places


1979 "Ashington A Personal View"
Wansbeck Square Gallery - Ashington

1980 "Northern Arts Awards Show" (Group Show)
Spectro Arts Gallery - Newcastle Upon Tyne

1982 "The Third Brunel Photo Show" (Group Show)
Brunel University -London
+ National Touring Show

1984 "Photographers in Support of the Miners"

(Group Show & Print Auction)
Untitled Gallery - Sheffield
Royal Festival Hall - London
Stills Gallery - Edinburgh

1987 "Ashington A Coal Mining Town"
Side Gallery - Newcastle Upon Tyne
+ Regional Touring Side Shows

1988 "Seamen - The Ferries Dispute"
Side Gallery - Newcastle Upon Tyne
+ Regional Touring Side Shows

1990 "Nicaragua Libre"
Side Gallery - Newcastle upon Tyne

1990 "Index Photographers" (Group Show)

Galerie 4 - Cheb - Czech Republic

1993 Darlington Art Gallery

1993 "Cricket - More Than A Game"
DLI Museum / Durham Art Gallery
MCC Museum - Lords Cricket Ground - London
Grey Art Gallery - Hartlepool
The Bowes Museum - Barnard Castle

1994 "Unclear Family" (Group Show)

Crook Civic Centre - County Durham
Side Gallery - Newcastle
Galerie 4 - Cheb - Czech Republic
Amiens - France
Ruhrland Museum - Essen Germany

1994 "Seafarers"
Side Gallery - Newcastle Upon Tyne
+ Touring Side Shows

2001 'Car Crazy' - Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne

2004  'Photography & Film' - Side Gallery Newcastle Upon Tyne (Group Show)

2009 'Northern Spirit' - (Multimedia) Laing Art Gallery - Newcastle Upon Tyne

2010 'We're All Photographers Now' - (Projections)  New York Photo Festival USA

         'The Share' - Image: Shellie Critchlow

2015  'The Share' - Woodhorn Museum & Archives  

2015  'For Ever Amber' - Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle (Group Show)  ​​​