Course Leader, MA Photography (Online)

After graduating in Photography from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design in Farnham, Jesse established a practice as a freelance commercial and editorial photographer, developing a specialism in interior, architectural and landscape photography as well as extensive work in television. Alongside his professional photography, he began contributing essays and reviews to publications including SourceHotShoe International and 1000 Words Photography. Jesse currently contributes regular articles to Photomonitor and is founder and editor of the Perspectives on Place blog.  In 2008 Jesse completed an MFA in Documentary Photography at the University of Wales, Newport where he began to fully pursue his research interests in the representation of space and the formation of place. He continues to work on practical projects that examine the land and is the author of Perspectives on Place: Theory and Practice in Landscape Photography (London: Bloomsbury, 2015).   Jesse has taught photography extensively and in a range of educational contexts, with a specialism in distance learning and since March 2016 has been Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator of the MA Photography (online) at Falmouth University.

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Year Qualification Awarding body
2008 MFA University of Wales, Newport
2004 BA(Hons) Surrey Institute of Art & Design

Membership of external committees

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

My photographic practice explores the cultural formation of ideas and values attached to space and place. I am currently working on an ongoing examination of the pastoral and approaching certain aspects from a number of critical perspectives. I am currently working on a year long 'distanced' residency with a gallery in Sheffield, The Nymph and the Shepherd and an ongoing project Elementary Husbandry. My interest in place is reflected in my practice as a critical writer on photography, and I regularly contribute to publications for specialist and non-specialist audiences. 

Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs

  • Alexander, Jesse

    (2024), review: 'Extraction / Abstraction' - Edward Burtynsky, In: Photomonitor, Photomonitor, London, ISSN: n/a
  • Alexander, Jesse

    (2021), (Review) Coming up for Air: Stephen Gill – A Retrospective (Arnolfini, Bristol), In: 1000 Words Photography Magazine, 1000 Words Photography Magazine, London (online)
  • Alexander, Jesse

    (2021), A False Sense of Security: Chris Down's Visions from Arcadia, In: Photomonitor, Photomonitor, London (online), ISSN: N/A
  • Toro-Troconis, Maria, Alexander, Jesse and Frutos-Perez, Manuel

    (2019), Assessing Student Engagement in Online Programmes: Using Learning Design and Learning Analytics, In: International Journal of Higher Education, Sciedu Press, Ontario, 8 (6), ISSN: 1927-6044 (print)
  • Alexander, Jesse

    (2019), Robin Friend's 'Bastard Countryside': Review, Photomonitor, In: Photomonitor, Photomonitor / Christiane Monarchi, London, ISSN: online
  • Alexander, Jesse

    (2019), Interview with Hamish Fulton, In: Source Photographic Review, Source / Photoworks North, Belfast, pp. 50-60, ISSN: 13692224
  • Alexander, Jesse

    (2016), 'This is how it is': Telling New Stories, In: Photomonitor, Photomonitor, Online, ISSN: n/a
  • Alexander, Jesse

    (2021), ‘Impact Assessment Plans: consumption and accountability in MA Photography research project proposals’, In: Expanding Communities of Sustainable Practice, 14th – 15th October 2021, Leeds Arts University (online)
  • Fontoura, Catarina

    (2020), 'Authenticity, Creative Practices and Community in Online Teaching and Learning', In: AdvanceHE Teaching and Learning Conference 2020, June 2020, Online, (Submitted)
  • Alexander, Jesse

    (2019), Global Guest Lectures, In: APHE Summer Conference: Photography and Collaboration, 12-14 July 2019, Coventry University
  • Toro-Troconis, Maria, Alexander, Jesse and Cosgrove, Steph

    (2018), Into the Image World: Creating Global Communities of Practice, In: AdvanceHE Teaching and Learning Conference 2018, 03-05 July 2018, Birmingham
  • Alexander, Jesse

    (2016), Photography - Writing - Land - Pastoral, Hereford College of Arts, Hereford
  • Alexander, Jesse

    (2015), Inside the Mountain, Kendal Mountain Festival, Kendal, (Submitted)
  • Alexander, Jesse

    (2015), Street Views and Minority Perspectives, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
  • Alexander, Jesse

    (2021), The Silent Land, VIKA Books, Bristol, UK, ISBN: 978-0-9570255-6-1
  • Alexander, Jesse

    (2015), Perspectives on Place: Theory and Practice in Landscape Photography, Fairchild Books/Bloomsbury, London, ISBN: 9781472533890
  • Alexander, Jesse

    (2021), Review: 'On Meaning and Landscape' by Richard Misrach, In: Source, Photoworks North, Belfast, pp. 81-81, ISSN: ISSN 13692224
  • Alexander, Jesse

    (2015), 'Some Thing Means Everything to Somebody' by Peter Mitchell, In: Photomonitor, Photomonitor, Online, ISSN: n/a
  • Alexander, Jesse

    (2015), 'High Rise' by Peter Bobby, In: Photomonitor, photomonitor, online, ISSN: n/a
  • Alexander, Jesse

    McLeod, Gary, Cosgrove, Steph, Sank, Michelle, McMurdo, Wendy, Fontoura, Catarina, Brett, Karen and Pfab, Anna-Maria, (2019), The Living Image: Falmouth Flexible Photography Symposium 2019, Falmouth University
  • Alexander, Jesse

    (2016), New Pastoral Paradigms: Explorations in Landscape and the Self, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield
  • Udy, Oliver

    (2023), terra. An exhibition from the terra. research cluster., In: terra., 31.3.23 - 15.4.23, Grays Wharf
  • Alexander, Jesse

    (2023), The Digging Season - examining the ecological impact and cultural legacy of peat extraction on the Somerset Levels, In: Photo|Frome, 24 June - 14 July 2023, Rook Lane Chapel, Frome. Somerset. UK
  • Alexander, Jesse

    (2016), Elementary Husbandry, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield
  • Alexander, Jesse

    (2015), Elementary Husbandry, Ploiesti, Romania
  • Alexander, Jesse

    (2014), Depart, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton


2016 'Pastoral Paradigms: Explorations in Landscape and the Self' [organising and presenting at symposium at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, 16/07/16]


Areas of teaching

  • Contemporary photographic practice
  • photography and visual culture history and theory

Courses taught

  • MA Photography

Professional Engagement

Independent professional practice

I operate my own commercial photographic practice, specialising in architectural and interior photography, as well as independent projects with various cultural outputs.

Social, community and cultural engagement

November 4, 2017: speaker 'What is Contemporary Landscape Photography?' at The Royal Photographic Society Landscape Conference, Skipton.

November 17, 2016: speaker 'Photography - Writing - Land - Pastoral' at Margins: British Landscape Photography Today at Hereford College of Arts, Hereford

November 7,  2015: contributing speaker, Beyond the Visual Landscape, Southbank Centre, Bristol

October 14,  2015: Speaker, 'Street Views and Minority Perspectives', Off the Shelf Festival of Literature, Sheffield

Engagement with professional associations and societies

June 30, 2016: speaker 'Diminishing Distances' at Meshworks, APHE conference, Plymouth University, Plymouth