Photography Lecture Programme

BA(Hons) Photography hosts a visiting lecture series of key contemporary thinkers and practitioners in photography. The first speaker of this year was David Campany, theorist, photographer and editor of Art and Photography. Highlights from this term's visiting lecturer programme included the cultural theorist Professor Damian Sutton's address of the logic of sensation in camera obscura photography, and artist Craig Smith's relational approach of the photographic act as a social event within conceptual photography.

Recent past speakers have included Zed Nelson, Helen Sear, Karen Knorr, Neeta Madahar, Wendy McMurdo, and Greg Lucas.

The lecture programme presents students with the opportunity to partake in current theoretical debate, and the following seminars enable third year students to discuss their own photography with contemporary practitioners and industry professionals. This is just one of the ways that the students gain access to the professional environment; others include practical workshops in the form of master classes with practitioners such as Andy Earl, Sophy Rickett and Lottie Davies.

Visiting lecturers 2016

Hannah Starkey, 19 January 2016

Quietly contemplative yet intensely evocative, Hannah Starkey's photographs explore the physical and psychological connections between the individual and her everyday urban surroundings. Stark architectural backdrops and strong associations of color and imagery heighten the sensation of her compositions on both a formal and associative level, triggering personal interpretations and a deeper mediation on the experience of the visual world at large.

Hannah Starkey was born in Belfast in 1971. She received a BA in Photography and Film from Napier University in Edinburgh in 1995 and an MA in Photography from Royal College of Art in London in 1997.

She has received numerous awards throughout her career including the Vogue Condé Nast Award (1997), the 3rd International Tokyo Photo Biennale's Award for Excellence (1999) and the St James Group Ltd Photography Prize (2002).

Selected solo exhibitions include Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, St Catherine's Church, Frankfurt, Irish Museum of Art, Dublin, and the Castello di Rivoli.

Sarah Pickering, 20 & 21 September 2016

Sarah Pickering is a London based, British artist interested in fakes, tests, hierarchy, sci-fi, explosions, photography and gunfire.

She has been the recipient of several awards including the Photographers Gallery Graduate Award, a Jerwood Award for Photography and the Mima Castlegate Prize for Photography in 2015. Sarah has extensively exhibited in the UK and internationally, most recently as part of Manifesta 11, Zurich 2016 curated by Christian Jankowski. 

Her work has been featured in numerous publications, and her monograph, Explosions, Fires and Public Order is published by Aperture and MoCP. She currently holds the post of Teaching Fellow in Photography at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London.

Web: sarahpickering.co.uk 

Lisa Creagh, 27 & 28  September 2016

Lisa Creagh graduated from Goldsmiths in 1994, and more recently, with a Masters in Photography from Brighton University. Her work centres around dialogues between the mediums of photography, digital imaging and painting. An accomplished painter, she began her career producing photorealistic oils created from analogue photocollage, before moving to an exclusively digital output in 2000.

Her work has often been collaborative in nature: as a producer and curator she has delivered large-scale photographic projects for international artists and delivered talks at various colleges. In 2006 she received critical acclaim for the originality of ‘Tidy Street’ where she transformed a street in Brighton in to a series of lightboxes utilizing the windows of small terraced houses and more recently she has collaborated with a sociologist on a website dedicated to discussions around motherhood, The Parlour.

Web: lisacreagh.com

Michelle Sank, 4 & 5 October 2016

Michelle Sank is a social documentary photographer.

Her imagery has been exhibited and published extensively in England, Europe, Australia and Mexico, South Africa and the U.S.A and are held in collections in the UK and the USA. She has won several awards for her work including 2007 prizewinner at the National Portrait Gallery Taylor Wessing competition and more recently the KLPA awards. 

She has undertaken numerous commissions for prominent galleries and magazines in the UK, Europe and the USA. Her practice is concerned with the notion of encountering, collecting, and re-telling. She is interested in creating sociological landscapes, interplays of human form and location that are significant in their visual, sociological and psychological nuances.

She has three published books to date:

Becoming (Published by Belfast Exposed Photography and Ffotogallery, 2006)

The Water's Edge: Women on the Waterfront (Published by Liverpool University Press, 2007) 

The Submerged (Published by Schilt, 2011)

Web: michellesank.com

Max Barnett, 11 & 12 October 2016

Max Barnett is the editor in chief and founder of PYLOT magazine.

PYLOT is an all analogue fashion and fine art photography magazine that does not beauty retouch any of the images produced. It is a magazine that is concerned with a skills based, ethical and academic approach to contemporary fashion.

“We want to celebrate the skill and processes involved in analogue mediums and its rich history. There is an alternative layer of beauty garnered from an analogue photo; we wanted to show that to our readers in an accessible way. We like the idea of using an older medium of photography and applying it in a way that is current”.

Pylot magazine has worked with artists such as Arthur Tress, Brian Griffin, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Hannah Starkey, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, John Myers, Eamonn Freel and Roger Ballen.

Web: pylotmagazine.com

Ryan Hopkinson, 18 & 19 October 2016

Ryan Hopkinson is a commercial photographer and director with an unmistakable concept-led aesthetic that blends a wide range of influences from art, fashion and technology with a strong focus on experimental techniques and graphic compositions.

Ryan often explores the unique beauty of the objects he photographs whether within minimal set designs or highly directed large scale installations always aiming to capture everything in-camera through tried and tested live manipulation, alternative materials and technical processes.

His clients include The British Fashion Council, Issey Miyake, Dom Perignon, Nike, Lexus, Adidas, Sony, Heineken, Wrangler, Twin, It’s Nice That, Chivas, Creative Review and Printed Pages.

Web: ryanhopkinson.co.uk

Eileen Perrier, 25 & 26 October 2016

A graduate of The Royal College of Art, Eileen Perrier’s work has been widely exhibited since 1999, including The Photographers' Gallery, (London, UK); Tate Britain (London, UK); The Whitechapel Gallery (London, UK), the touring exhibition Africa Remix, which included the Hayward Gallery (London) and The Centre Pompidou (Paris, France).

Perrier's practice includes personal projects and art commissions. She has photographed sitters encountered through various strategies; such as their occupation, location or a physical trait.

Recent projects have seen Perrier working in public spaces using a portable studio and large format camera in reference to Victorian style Portraiture. 

Perrier has an ongoing series called, 'Mobile Portraits', of sitters encountered daily and documented on her Mobile Phone. 

Web: eileenperrier.com

Jon Tonks, 1 & 2 November 2016

Jon Tonksworks globally on documentary projects and for a variety of editorial and commercial clients.

He spent five years travelling around 50,000 miles to make “Empire” - a seminal piece of work and a resulting published book about four small far-flung territories that remain under British rule as the great imperialist project fades further into history.

His personal and commercial work has been featured in The Sunday Times, The Guardian and FT Weekend Magazines, Monocle, TIME LightBox, the British Journal of Photography and more. He has twice been shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing National Portrait Prize and the Terry O’Neill award, and in 2012 was a winner at the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Awards and the Judges Choice at the AOP Awards.

Web: jontonks.com

Deborah Robinson, 8 & 9 November 2016

Deborah Robinson is an artist who collaborates with scientists, artists, biomedical experts and technologists in the making of experimental installation artwork using moving image and sound. Her artworks have explored data transposition, questions of agency (human/non human), disease and mental health.

She is an Associate Professor (Reader) in Contemporary Art at Plymouth University, Co-ordinator at ARC (Arts Research Collective) a research group within MADr (Media Arts and Design Research in Plymouth and visiting Research Fellow with Egenis, ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society, Exeter. She is also a Faculty member of Transart international programme http://www.transart.org (PhD tuition).

Web: deborah-robinson.net

Mike Trow, 15 & 16 November 2016

Mike Trow is the picture editor of British Vogue

Having completed a degree in philosophy, he started out in fashion working on Bizarre magazine as photo editor and photographer.

He later worked on Jack magazine with James Brown as photo director and occasional feature writer.

He has been picture editor of British Vogue since 2005 responsible for commissioning, production and art direction of most of the portraits, reportage and house shoots of the magazine.

He also shoots some portraits for the magazine himself.

Web: vogue.co.uk

Nadia Lee Cohen, 22 & 23 November 2016

Nadia Lee Cohen’s photographs and films, heavily inspired by Americana and Britain in the 1950’s/60’s and 70’s are veritable visions of saturated, surreal dreamscapes. 

Drawing upon the duality of the female form, Lee Cohen locks our optics upon the twisted paradise that lurks within her mind. She explores the paradoxical standoff between strength and fragility within womankind. Lee believes in living within her work and has gained notoriety through her quirky colourful online presence on social media; in which she plays dress up and curates interesting imagery of her day-to-day inspirations.

In 2014 Procter & Gamble sponsored Lee to travel to America to shoot. Thus turned out to the birth of her most successful personal series yet ‘100 Naked Women’ which she continues to develop between Los Angeles and London.

She is represented by the London agency DMB

Web: nadialeecohen.com

Norbert Schoerner, 29 & 30 November 2016

Norbert Schoerner is an acclaimed and accomplished commercial photographer, a pioneer of digital imagery with numerous fashion credits to his name and he has long-running collaborations with The Face, Dazed & Confused and the Chapman Brothers.

Based in London since 1989, he spent the early 1990s experimenting with layered imaging and digital post production, primarily in The Face. His work has since been published in NY Times magazine, Vogue, and Another Magazine. His advertising campaigns have included Comme des Garçons, Swarovski and Shiseido.

Schoerner’s photographic and multi-media works have been featured in numerous group shows in the UK and abroad.

In 2011 Dazed & Confused Magazine's 20th anniversary exhibition highlighted Schoerner's iconic 2001 editorial collaboration with Alexander McQueen in the form of an installation consisting of floor to ceiling vinyl reprints.

Web: dayfornight.tv

Juno Calypso, 6 & 7 December 2016

In 2011, after two decades of taking pictures of herself in private, Juno Calypso began a series of self-portraits in which she staged herself as a character named ‘Joyce’. She used her grandmother’s houses or rented bedrooms online and took pictures of herself when her hosts were asleep. Once alone she used Joyce to re-enact the private underlife of a woman consumed by the labored construct of femininity, carried out to the point of ritualised absurdity.

‘The Honeymoon’ is a continuation of the Joyce project.

In the spring of 2015 she spent a week alone at couples-only honeymoon resort in Pensylvannia, USA. With a suitcase of concealed wigs and wedding lingerie she posed as a travel writer and was granted access to every suite in the resort. In each room we find Joyce in solitary moments of preparation and anticipation.

Juno’s work has been published and exhibited extensively in the UK and abroad and she has undertaken commissioned work for the The Financial times.

Web: junocalypso.com

Visiting lecturers 2015

Gayle Chong Kwan, 22 September 2015

Gayle Chong Kwan is a London-based artist whose large-scale photographic, installation, and video work has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally. She makes immersive environments and mise-en-scenes, constructed in states of resolution and dissolution between imagined futures, alternative presents, and fictional mechanisms.

Her work is an ongoing investigation into simulacra and the sublime, and highlights how mythological forms - even the most marketed and marketable - require the support of ancestral insistences, and common structures.

Chong Kwan is currently a Phd Research Candidate in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art. Her recent exhibitions include: Anthropo-scene, Bloomberg Space, London (2015), Plot, Four Corners, London (2014), Mindscape, The Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany (2014), Arripare, REFOCUS: The Castlegate mima Photography Prize, Stocktonon-tees (2013), The Golden Tide, Estuary, Museum of London (2013)

Web: gaylechongkwan.com

Dinu Li, 29 September 2015

Dinu Li is a British based multi-discipline artist working across time-based media, installation, found objects and performance. Li explores the nuances of the everyday - its many rituals, routines and patterns, in relation to local and global concerns. Recent works have been situated between modes of representation, the vernacular, specific geographic and historical contexts and the intersection between the personal and the political.

Li's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the 53rd Venice Biennale; the 3rd Bucharest Biennale; Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden; Oldenburger Kunstverein, Germany; Alternative Space Loop, Seoul, Korea; Danielle Arnaud, London; Chalk Horse, Sydney through Para/Site Hong Kong; Petra Rietz Salon, Berlin; SVA, New York through Artprojx; Rivington Place, London; White Space 798, Beijing and Christian Roellin, Zurich.

Web: dinuli.com

Niall O'Brien, 6 October 2015

Born in Dublin, Ireland, photographer and filmmaker Niall O'Brien studied fine art photography at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. He has exhibited widely in a number of continents and has many awards to his name. In October 2010 Niall was accepted as one of a small group of artists to show in the Singapore International Photography Festival. His work was shown at the Lim Hak Tai Gallery, NAFA. His most recent film Anger was shown at Block T Gallery in Dublin as part of the 2011 Photo Ireland Festival and will continue on to London in 2012. His project Good Rats exhibited October 2011 at No 10 Gallery, New York City and again in 2012 in the Upon Space, Berlin, Germany.

Niall continues to exhibit globally and is currently working on numerous personal and commercial projects in Europe and USA.

Web: niallobrien.co.uk

James Ryan, 13 October 2015

Dr James R Ryan is associate professor of historical and cultural geography at the University of Exeter. His previous books include Picturing Empire: Photography and the Visualization of the British Empire (Reaktion, 1997) and he is the co-editor of New Spaces of Exploration: Geographies of Discovery in the Twentieth Century (2010).

In his recent book Photography and Exploration (2013) James Ryan uses a variety of examples, from polar journeys to space missions, to show how exploration photographs have been created, circulated and consumed as objects of both scientific research and art. Examining a wide range of photographs and expeditions, Ryan considers how nations have often employed images as a means to scientific advancement or territorial conquest. He argues that because exploration has long been bound up with the construction of national and imperial identity, expeditionary photographs have often been used to promote claims to power, especially by the West. These images also challenge the way audiences perceive the world and their place within it.

Web: reaktionbooks.co.uk

Mary Maclean, 20 October 2015

Mary Maclean is an artist working with photography. Her work explores the representations of the experience of place, questioning the relationship between the photographic image and the subjective experience of socialised, architectural space.

Research focuses on the representations of the experience of place, exploring the constructions of time within the photographic image. Images are developed in an investigation of the architecture of public and private space, aiming to make visible the precariousness inherent in socially evolved paradigms. Large scale photographic images explore public spaces recently absented by their audiences.

Awards include an Abbey Award at the British School at Rome, the Pollock Krasner Foundation Award and Visiting Fellow in Painting at Winchester School of Art. Maclean lives and works in London. She is tutor at the Royal Academy Schools.

Web: marymaclean.org.uk

Louisa Fairclough, 3 November 2015

Louisa Fairclough lives and works in Bristol. Using voice, light, ground and tidal water as material, her work takes the form of film loops, field recordings, performance, sound installations and drawings.

Recent exhibitions include: Whitstable Biennale 2014; Flecks of a Brighter Colour, solo show at ICIA, University of Bath (2014); Jeannie at Arnolfini, Bristol (2014); Film in Space, a group show curated by Guy Sherwin at Camden Arts Centre, London (2013) and Displays at Contemporary Art Society, London (2013).

Web: ucl.ac.uk/slade/fairclough/

Clare Strand, 10 November 2015

"Clare Strand's imagery are conceived, researched, developed and resolved through a highly unusual and personal sensibility, using a clear and decisive method of production unique to each project. Strand belongs to the everyday, yet her images evoke the mesmeric, the talismanic and the unsolvable. Solutions reporting the ordinary often turn up further layers of complexity and reveal problems as yet un-considered." Dr Chris Mullen 2009.

Strand's work is held in the collections of Arts Council England; The National Collection; The British Council; The Folkwang Museum; The Unicredit Bank; The New York Library; The Victoria and Albert Museum; The Centre Pompidou and many private collections.

The Clare Strand Monograph was published by Stedil (2007) and most recently Skirts was published by GOST (2013). Strand is also one half of the ideas based collective MacDonaldStrand and head of the Intangiable for The Institute of Unnecessary Research.

Web: clarestrand.co.uk

Speaker tbc 17 November 2015

Speaker tbc 24 November 2015

Jason Larkin, 1 December 2015

Jason Larkin is a British photographer, internationally recognised for his long-term social documentary projects, environmental portraiture and landscape reportage. His immersive process and slower approach to journalism allow for comprehensive bodies of work that reveal and frame important social, economic and political issues. His work is subtle and layered and often concerned with contextualising present realities through historical legacies.

Jason has work published and is commissioned regularly by leading international periodicals including Monocle, Colors, FT Weekend, Guardian Weekend, and National Geographic. Exhibitions have included the Brighton Photo Biennial 2012, the Hereford Photography Festival Commission, Flowers Gallery, London and a solo show at the Farnsworth Art Museum, USA. His work is held in the permenat collections of the Haggerty Museum (USA) and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (USA).

Web: jasonlarkin.co.uk

Speaker tbc 5 January 2016

Speaker tbc 12 January 2016

Visiting lecturers 2013-14

David Campany, 14 October 2013

David Campany is a writer, curator and artist. His areas of expertise include photographic art, documentary/photojournalism, the intersections of the still and moving image, and curatorial practices. His books include Art and Photography (Phaidon 2003, reprinted in 2012) and Photography and Cinema (Reaktion, 2008).

Craig Smith, 17 October 2013

Dr Craig Smith is an American media artist whose art and research focuses on the process, aesthetics, and ethics of human to human interactivity in contemporary art, especially photography, sound and socially engaged performances. Smith's practice includes the production of photography, performance art, sonic art, writing and sound recordings.

Nancy Roth, 22 October 2013

Nancy Roth is an artist and photographer with focus on the writer and philosopher Vilém Flusser (1920-1991). She is persuaded that any given medium shapes and limits the consciousness of the person who is using it. Her translation of Vilém Flusser's, Gestures: Attempt at a Phenomenology, (Gesten: Versuch einer Phanomenologie, Bollmann, 1991) is in press, and two earlier translations, Vilém Flusser's: Into the Universe of Technical Images and Writing: Does Writing Have a Future? appeared in 2011. Other published work includes: (2012) 'Visual Consciousness: the Impact of New Media on Literate Culture' (on Vilém Flusser and Visual Culture), 326-341 in The Handbook of Visual Culture, eds. Barry Sandywell, Ian Heywood, Oxford: Berg Publishers. Introduction and translation of Vilém Flusser, 'The Gesture of Photographing': 279-293 IN: Journal of Visual Culture 10 (3), Forthcoming: Translation of Vilém Flusser, Gesten: Versuch einer Phanomenologie (Bollmann, 1991), English: Gestures: Attempt at a Phenomenology, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Damian Sutton, 29 October 2013

Damian Sutton is professor of Photography, Film and Visual Culture at Middlesex University. Damian's research involves the philosophical investigation of time and memory in photography, the photographic portrait, and the wider philosophy of photography. New published work explores the political portrait, tacit knowledge in photography practice, and time-lapse photography. Publications include: Photography, Cinema, Memory: The Crystal-image of Time (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2009). Deleuze Reframed: A Guide for the Arts Student, co-authored with David Martin-Jones (London: I. B. Tauris, 008). The State of the Real: Aesthetics in the Digital Age, edited with Ray McKenzie and Susan Brind (London: I. B. Tauris, 2007).

Tom Slevin, 5 November 2013

Dr Tom Slevin's research covers various aspects of visual culture; critical theory; film and photography theory; culture, subjectivity, and the representation of the body; Modernity; European modernist avant-garde; the relationship between vision, representation and knowledge; embodiment and phenomenology; philosophy of technology; intersubjectivity; death; representation. Publications include 'Prosthetic Memory', Philosophy of Photography (December 2013).

Esther Leslie, 19 November 2013

Esther Leslie is professor of Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck, University of London. Her first book was Walter Benjamin: Overpowering Conformism (Pluto, 2000). She has also authored a biography of Benjamin (Reaktion, 2007). In 2002 she published Hollywood Flatlands: Animation, Critical Theory, and the Avant-Garde (Verso). A subsequent book, Synthetic Worlds: Art, Nature and the Chemical Industry (Reaktion, 2005), investigated the industrial manufacture of colour and its impact on conceptions of nature and aesthetics. She has a book on war and the city coming out with Unkant later this year and has almost completed a book on Liquid Crystals.

Michelle Sank, 26 November 2013

Michelle Sank is a photographic artist represented by Gallerie Vassie, she has just undertaken a six month residency in Jersey, which resulted in a contemporary archive of the island. Her images reflect a preoccupation with the human condition and encompass issues around social and cultural diversity. Sank has exhibited and published internationally, including the United Kingdom, the USA, Finland, Belgium, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Hong Kong and the Netherlands. Recent books include: The Submerged (2011 Schilt Publishing), Identities Now: Contemporary Portrait Photography (2012).

Anthony Luvera, 3 December 2013

Anthony Luvera is an Australian artist, writer and educator based in London. His photographic work has been exhibited widely in galleries, public spaces and festivals including the British Museum, London Underground's Art on the Underground, National Portrait Gallery London, Belfast Exposed Photography, Australian Centre for Photography, Fotofreo and Les Rencontres D'Arles Photographie. His writing appears regularly in a wide range of periodicals and peer reviewed journals including Source, Photographies and Hot Shoe International.