Dr Paul Cabuts

Job title
Director, The Institute of Photography
01326 259226 Ext: 259226

Paul Cabuts is the director of the Institute of Photography at Falmouth University responsible for the performance and continued development of the Institute as a distinctive, sustainable and internationally recognised centre of excellence in photography.

Paul Cabuts’s first career was in engineering during which time he studied at the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology. In parallel to this, his passion for photography grew from being a seven-year-old taking and developing his own photographs, to working as a part-time assistant for a professional photographer. His career moved across into photography where he established a freelance practice specialising in industrial, advertising and social photography.

He was associate head, School of Art & Design at the University of South Wales and academic leader for Photography at the Newport School of Art, Media and Design. He is a photographic practitioner and researcher with works published and exhibited internationally.


YearQualificationAwarding body
PhD Photography
University of Wales, Newport
BA (Hons) Documentary Photography
University of Wales, Newport

Honours and awards


Fellow Higher Education Academy


Creative Wales Award

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

Paul Cabuts completed his PhD at the European Centre for Photographic Research where he examined the factors shaping the development of the photographic arts in Wales during the second-half of the twentieth century. In particular he focused on the work of key photographers who visited the mining valleys in Wales in the mid-twentieth century including Eugene Smith, Robert Frank and Robert Capa and examined how their work subsequently shaped perceptions of Wales and its industrial communities.

His own photographic work has been exhibited at venues in the UK and beyond including the Australian Centre for Photography, Germany’s Treffpunkt Stuttgart and Kaunas Photography Gallery, Lithuania. The Welsh dimension to this work has contributed to its visibility within Wales in exhibitions at a number of venues including Ffotogallery, the National Eisteddfod and the National Assembly for Wales. The work has also been published in catalogues, journals and other publications including Source, New Welsh Review, Taliesin and Planet and has featured on television both inside and outside Wales. The University of Wales Press published his monograph Creative Photography and Wales in 2012.

Harnessing the symbiotic relationship between research and practice, he contributes to conferences, discussion and debate relating to the ways communities have been represented through photography and other media. Focusing on the south Wales Valleys he explores the residual, emergent and oppositional cultural elements relating to a society radically shaped by the systems and processes of expanding free market economies.

Research topics

contemporary photographic practice
development of the photographic arts in Wales
digital storytelling
Documentary Photography
photography and community
photography and industry
visual culture of Wales