Liz Jobey has worked as an editor and a writer on national newspapers including the Sunday Times, the Independent on Sunday, the Guardian and, most recently, the Financial Times. Between 1998 and 2009 she was deputy editor and then associate editor of Granta, where, in addition to her work as a text editor, she was also responsible for commissioning much of the visual content of the magazine.
Her interest in art and photography took her into photographic publishing as an editor and writer, working initially for Scalo, an innovative publisher responsible for books by international photographers such as Robert Frank and Nan Goldin. Since then she has edited and/or contributed essays to books that include Fishing in Utopia by Andrew Brown, which won the Orwell Prize in 2009; Are We Related? The New Granta Book of the Family; Human Archipelago, a collaboration between the writer Teju Cole and the artist Fazal Sheikh; Hannah Starkey: Photographs 1997–2017; Tony Ray-Jones; and John Riddy: Photographs.
After living and working in London since the late 1970s, she moved to Norfolk in 2018, where she continues to work as an editor and to write for the Financial Times. She is also writing a book about the effects of photographs on her own life and other people’s.