Module leader, MA Photography

Wendy McMurdo is Module Leader for Final Project for the MA Photography at Falmouth. She is a widely exhibited photographer of international repute and has worked with some of the largest commissioning bodies in the UK. In 2018 she was named as one of the Hundred Heroines by The Royal Photographic Society, an initiative to showcase the best of global contemporary female photographic practice and reflect the amazing diversity of methodologies and approaches of different generations of women working within the medium.  

She specializes in photography and digital media and holds a doctorate by publication from University of Westminster for her photographic work exploring the impact of the computer on our collective identities. Her work is included in a number of major collections and has featured in a wide variety of exhibitions, including The Anagrammatical Body: The Body and its Photographic Condition, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany, Uncanny, Fotomuseum Winterthur and Only Make Believe curated by Marina Warner for Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK. In addition to her professional practice, she is an experienced educator.

She has held academic posts at University of Dundee and Edinburgh Napier University and research posts at the ECPR, University of Wales, Newport and University of Southampton. She is a board member for Stills, the National Centre for Photography in Scotland and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Contact details

Qualifications

Qualifications

Year Qualification Awarding body
2015 PhD by Publication University of Westminster
1991 MA Goldsmith College, University of London
1985 BA (1st class) Edinburgh College of Art

Honors and awards

Year Description
2014 Visual Arts Bursary, Creative Scotland
2010 Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2010 - 2012)
2010 Honorary Research Fellow, European Centre for Photographic Research (ECPR), University of Wales
2006 Research Fellow in Photography, Edinburgh Napier University (2006 - 2009)
2000 Leverhulme Special Research Fellow (2000-2002)
2000 Creative Scotland Award
1993 Henry Moore Research Fellowship (1993-95)
2018 Royal Scottish Academy Member Elect
2018 Hundred Heroine Award, Royal Photographic Society

Membership of external committees

Board Member, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh (2017 to present)

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

In my studio practice, I explore the ways in which developments in technology have directly impacted on the ways we picture and describe ourselves. Since the mid 90s, I’ve documented and explored the ways in which we have slowly evolved into the networked, social beings we are today. This ongoing research has resulted in many collaborations, screenings, exhibitions and writings on this subject both here and abroad. I enjoy working in a collaborative setting and in interdisciplinary environments and have a special interest in collaborations within the scientific communities.  In recent years I’ve moved beyond traditional lens-based photography to work with 3d rendering applications. I often use digital applications in conjunction with more traditional genres (i.e. studio portraiture) to explore the impact of technologies on gaming and imaginative play.

Research Topics

  • Digital Culture
  • contemporary photographic practice
  • Representations of Childhood and Adolescence in Contemporary Culture

Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs

Book Section

Hopkins, David and McMurdo, Wendy ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8568-9641 (2021) Interview with David Hopkins for the concluding chapter of his 2021 publication 'Dark Toys - Surrealism and the Culture of Childhood (Yale Press). In: Dark Toys - surrealism and the culture of childhood. Yale Press, USA, pp. 286-292. ISBN 9780300225747 Item availability may be restricted.
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Conference or Workshop Item

McMurdo, Wendy ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8568-9641 (2018) UNSEEN Living Room: Film & Foto. In: Unseen Photo Festival, 22nd Sept 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Unpublished)
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McMurdo, Wendy ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8568-9641 (2018) Photographer talk: Wendy McMurdo. In: Public Lecture to launch NEPN's Arts Council funded 'Observe, Experiment, Archive' series, 25th April 2018, NEPN, Newcastle.
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Exhibition

McMurdo, Wendy ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8568-9641 (2020) 'Florilegium: A gathering of flowers'- Inverleith House, Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh. Sep 16th – Dec 13th 2020. [Exhibition]
[thumbnail of Night Garden (cardiocrinum) Wendy McMurdo 2020] [thumbnail of Night Garden (wisteria) Wendy McMurdo 2020]

McMurdo, Wendy ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8568-9641 (2017) When We Were Young - Opening talk with Wendy McMurdo at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and accompanying group show of the same name ( 14th Oct - 13th May 2018). [Exhibition] (Unpublished) Item availability may be restricted.
[thumbnail of Keynote Lecture - When We were Young] [thumbnail of Girl with Bears, Royal Museum of Scotland 1999) part of the SNPG's When We Weere Young exhibition]

McMurdo, Wendy ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8568-9641 (2017) Indeterminate Objects (classrooms). A solo digital commission for the Photographers Gallery, London (Oct 2017- Jan 2018). [Exhibition] Item availability may be restricted.
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McMurdo, Wendy ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8568-9641 (2017) Photographic work exhibited in 'ON AIME L'ART.. !' Collection Lambert, Avignon, France. [Exhibition]
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McMurdo, Wendy ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8568-9641 (2017) Let's Go to a Place: in Gravitas, group show curated by Christiane Monarchi for Photo50, London Art Fair 2017 and related symposium on collaboration and photography. [Exhibition]
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McMurdo, Wendy ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8568-9641 (2014) 'Digital Play: Wendy McMurdo Collected Works 1995–2012' Mid-career retrospective Solo exhibition Jun-Aug 2014. [Exhibition] Item availability may be restricted.
[thumbnail of Digital Play: Wendy McMurdo Collected Works 1995–2012: Archived version of website of exhibition] [thumbnail of The Somnambulist 1995 Copyright Wendy McMurdo]

Media

McMurdo, Wendy ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8568-9641 (2018) Wendy McMurdo: The Digital Mirror. [Media]
[thumbnail of The Digital Mirror - a short film commissioned on my work in 2018 by the national Galleries of Scotland to mark my participation in the 2017-18 survey show When We Were Young (Scottish National Portrait Gallery Oct 2017- April 2018).]

Conference

Alexander, Jesse ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1830-7030, McLeod, Gary, Cosgrove, Steph, Sank, Michelle, McMurdo, Wendy ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8568-9641, Fontoura, Catarina, Brett, Karen and Pfab, Anna-Maria (2019) The Living Image: Falmouth Flexible Photography Symposium 2019. [Conference]
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Externally funded research grants information

Collaborators Currency Funder HESA Category Project title Value Year ending Year starting
Creative Scotland Visual Arts Bursary 5000
Leverhulme Research Fellowship 25000 2012 2010
Leverhulme Special research Fellowship 50000 2009 2006
Creative Scotland Creative Scotland Award 15000 2000
Henry Moore Foundation Research Fellow 25000 1995 1993

Events

2018 Artists Talk, North East Photo Network, Lecture series exploring contemporary photography in relation to science and technology. May 2018

Events

2018 Artists Talk and panel discussion, National Galleries of Scotland Research Conference, March 2017

Events

2017 'How to Create Magic - an artist's view' (Artists talk and panel discussion), Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS), London

Events

2017 Opening Lecture, 'When we were Young', Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Nov 2017.

Events

Events

2015 Public Lecture, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London

Events

2017 Public Lecture, School of Fine Art, University of Dundee

Teaching

Areas of teaching

  • Photography
  • Photographic Theory
  • Contemporary Practice
  • Art History

Courses taught

  • Final Major Project module (design and delivery), MA Photography

Professional Engagement

Professional esteem indicators

Year Description
2018 Appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Scottish Academy
2018 In 2018 I was named as one of the Hundred Heroines by The Royal Photographic Society, an initiative to showcase the best of global contemporary female photographic practice and reflect the amazing diversity of methodologies and approaches of different generations of women working within the medium.

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