Head of Documentary & Editorial Photography

Gretchen has been the Director of Photography for both the New York Post and the New York Daily News and has been involved with BA(Hons) Documentary & Editorial Photography course since its inception in 2008, when she helped to establish industry partnerships between Falmouth and London-based photo agencies and publications, including Rex Features (now Shutterstock) where she was then chief editor.  

She studied documentary film and animation at New York University, and has been photographing and illustrating since childhood. In her early years post-NYU she was the Head of Rights and Reproductions for the Museum of the City of New York, working with the archival collections of Jacob Riis, Berenice Abbott, Samuel Gottscho and Stanley Kubrick.

With a long career that has touched all sides of the photo industry, from agency to publication to photographer's advocate, Gretchen is passionate about visual storytelling and empowering the next generation of young photographers to thrive in an industry that is rapidly changing.


External Links

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Contact details

Telephone 01326 259434

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

Photo documentation of socio-economic conditions in a 'second-home' town in Cornwall, using a variety of techniques, including time lapse photography, to capture the ebb and flow of the town through seasons.


Areas of teaching

  • Documentary and Editorial Photography
  • theory
  • practical

Courses taught

  • Documentary and Editorial Photography BA (Hons)

Policy engagement within Cornwall

Engagement with organisations which contribute to the development of educational, cultural or socio-economic policies in Cornwall

Cornwall Community Foundation

Professional Engagement

Independent professional practice

Guest Speaker at Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature 2022
Author/Illustrator of 'Disappointed! An Illustrated Compendium of Displeasure' 2021
Author/Illustrator of '17 Syllables About Fowey' 2020

Social, community and cultural engagement

Public Art installation in Fowey

Engagement with professional associations and societies

The Royal Photographic Society
The Martin Parr Foundation