Koo Stark was born in New York City in 1956.
At the age of 14 she moved to London to get European education. In 1982 , the renowned photographer Norman Parkinson took it upon himself to mentor Koo's work. He trained her eye and she remained his protégé from 1982 until he passed away in 1990.
1983: Hamiltons Gallery, London
1985: Hamiltons Gallery, London
1989: Hamiltons Gallery, London
1990: The Royal Festival hall, London
1991: The Malcolm Duke Gallery, Barcelona
1993: Hamiltons Gallery, London
1994: Grosvenor House Gallery, London
2003: Banbury Museum
2017: KINTSUGI Exhibition, Leica London and Manchester
Philanthropic and charitable involvement
Patron: Julia Margaret Cameron Trust, Cancer Active, Fawcett Society.
1993: Raised £50,000 for the Rato Monastery in Southern India via the Compassion exhibit conceived and organised by Ms. Stark and held at Hamiltons Gallery. 130 Contributors included masters such as Irving Penn, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Don McCullin and Annie Leibovitz.
1993: Invited to be a patron of the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust with Olympus Camera's launch of a National Appeal to preserve JMC's house in the Isle of Wight.
Koo Stark contributes to group shows at Chelsea Arts Club group and Julia Margaret Cameron Trust and also regularly donates photographs to charities requesting her support, most recently to:
Hearts of Gold, Blue Cross, Children with Special Needs, Parent Network, Great Ormond Children's Hospital, Julia Margaret Cameron Trust and Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Auctions and Promotions
1990 - 1996: Koo Stark's work was included in Christie's 20th Century Photographers Auctions. Her photographs have been included in auctions in UK, USA, Sotheby's, Christie's and for various charities.
Numerous personal and television appearances promoting photography in general as well as her own work
Special Photographer on Productions
Aria- film by Don Boyd in Italy
Little Buddha- film by Bernardo Bertolucci in Nepal
The Leopard- film by Lavinia Courier, filmed in Petra and around Jordan
West End Theatre Special Stills
Crazy for You
Pat Phoenix Memorial Show