Oliver Raymond Barker is an artist and educator based in Cornwall. He works with the mechanics and alchemy of photography to make images, objects and structures that expand upon what photography is and can be. Working predominantly with alternative analogue techniques he uses photography as a tool to uncover imagined narratives & unseen processes, framed by his interest in culture, ecology and spirituality.

He has exhibited nationally and internationally with institutions such as the V&A Museum and Photography festivals including UNSEEN Amsterdam, Belfast Photo Festival and IED Madrid. He was nominated for the Foam Paul Huf Award in 2023 and in 2020 he was awarded the Grain Portfolio Award at Format Festival. His book Trinity was subsequently printed in 2021 by the publisher Loose Joints.

Raymond Barker joined Falmouth University in 2020 as a lecturer on BA(Hons) Photography.

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Contact details



Year Qualification Awarding body
2002 BA(Hons) Photography Birmingham Institute of Art & Design

Honors and awards

Year Description

GRAIN Portfolio Award -  Format Photography Festival


Nominated for Kassel Dummy Photobook Award

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

  • Experimental analogue processes & sustainable approaches to arts practice
  • Mythologies, animism & the historic/contemporary use of ritual in the making of artwork
  • Innovative approaches to the making and dissemination of Photobooks

Research topics

  • Land
  • Resource usage
  • Culture & spirituality
  • Alternative analogue processes


Professional Engagement

Independent professional practice


  • V&A Museum, London: Energy: Sparks from the Collection 2023
  • The Hive, Birmingham: Beyond Silver / LAPC 2023
  • Atelier Noua, Norway: Trinity 2022
  • Grays Wharf, Cornwall: Moving Landscapes 2021
  • Ningbo Photobook Festival, Ningbo, China 2020
  • RAW Phototriennale, Worpswede, Germany 2020
  • Organ Vida - International Photography Festival, Zagreb 2019
  • Fotopia Collective Festival, Romania 2019
  • Photobook Week, Aarhus 2019
  • PhotoIreland Festival, Dublin 2019
  • IED, Madrid: Istituto Europeo di Design during PhotoEspaña 2019
  • Belfast Photo Festival, Golden Thread Gallery: LAPC 2019
  • Pic.London, Tea building: Pic.up prints 2018
  • Unseen Amsterdam: Co-op, LAPC 2018
  • Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn: Forest Obscura 2017
  • Four Corners Gallery, London: London Pinhole Festival 2017
  • St John on Bethnal Green, London: Photo Pioneer I Photo Primitive 2017
  • Geumgang Nature Art Biennale, South Korea 2016
  • Penwith Gallery, St Ives: Photo Pioneer I Photo Primitive 2016
  • Back Lane West, Redruth: Cross Currents 2015
  • The Exchange, Penzance: The Clubhouse AGM Book Show 2015
  • Centre for Contemporary Art & the Natural World, Exeter 2015
  • Penwith Gallery, St Ives: Making Time 2014
  • Syson Gallery, Nottingham: Strange business 2014
  • Environment & Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter: Natural Alchemy 2014
  • Back Lane West, Redruth, Cornwall: Natural Alchemy 2014

Residencies, Awards & Symposiums

  • Cultivator: Creative Export Grant 2022
  • GRAIN Portfolio Award - Format International Photography Festival 2020
  • The Camera as Political Apparatus workshop: Atelier Noua & Double Dummy 2020
  • A-N (Artist Network) development bursary 2020
  • Kassel Dummy Award: Trinity (shorlisted) 2019
  • Peer Forum, The Photographers Gallery, London 2018
  • Meijburg Art Commission : Nominated finalist 2018
  • Cultivator: Creative Investment Grant 2018
  • Cove Park Arts centre residency: Backpack Obscura 2017
  • Dartington Hall, Totnes: In Other Tongues Symposium, invited speaker 2017
  • London College of Communication: Shadows Symposium, invited speaker 2017
  • Dartington Hall, Totnes: Art.earth’s First Friday series, invited speaker 2016
  • Gonju, South Korea: Geumgang Nature Art Biennale participating artist 2016
  • Gonju, South Korea: International Nature Art Seminar participating artist 2016
  • Natural Alchemy publication shortlisted for Kaleid Editions annual collection 2016
  • Back Lane West, Redruth: Cross currents residency 2015
  • University of Exeter: Research and creative industries symposium, Invited speaker 2014
  • Back Lane West, Redruth: Natural Alchemy project residency 2014
  • University of Exeter: ESI Creative Exchange programme 2013


  • Trinity : Loose Joints. Essays - Martin Barnes & Nick Hunt 2021
  • Of Earth For Earth: The meaning of a mine. 2020
  • Dark Mountain Issue 15: featured artist 2019
  • Anatomy of Stone: hand printed & bound, unique 2017
  • Photo Pioneer I Photo Primitive (catalogue) 2016
  • Geumgang Nature Art Biennale – Breathing Art (catalogue) 2015
  • Natural Alchemy: hand printed & bound. Essays - Dr. Chris Bryan & Caitlin De Silvey 2015
  • Dark Mountain Issue 8: featured artist 2015
  • Making Time – New Photographic Constructions (catalogue) 2014
  • Dark Mountain Issue 5: featured artist 2014

Public Collections

  • V&A National Art Library, London, UK
  • Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
  • San Telmo Museum, San Sebastien, Spain
  • Atelier Noua, Bodo, Norway
  • Fotobook Festival Kassel, Germany
  • Korean Nature Art Association, Korea
  • Brooklyn Art Library, New York
  • University of Exeter, UK

Social, community and cultural engagement

Talks & Workshops

  • Offprint, Tate Modern, London, UK
  • Unseen photo festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Cove Park Arts, Cove, Scotland, UK
  • Tate St Ives, Cornwall, UK