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School of Arts & Humanities

Photography (MA)


Our programme aims to foster an expanded practice of photography calling attention to the materiality and physicality of the image and its semiotic possibilities. Photography is here a visual form blurring boundaries of the analogue, digital and virtual. The physicality of the photographic image, known for its smoothness and flatness, has changed unequivocally now that we experience images online. The space of representation is that of the mirror and the window, framing devices offering virtual images. Laptop screens further diminish the plasticity of the surface, offering images lit from within, recalling high resolution advertising displays. Our students are concerned with undoing what is high and resolved, terms indicating dubious hierarchies occluding the nature of the image.

You will find works questioning the post-human status of the subject; the solipsistic cell of the self; the temporal, the digital and photographic space. Works re-staging and re-telling the archive; interrogating the forensic photograph; the politics of territory and advertising; flux of the body, identity, and our relationship with both. Representation here is experienced through materiality of the print and expanded into the space of flexible fiction; from the private to the public, from the outside looking in, and from the inside looking out.

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Above image: Eden Hawkins, Strapped in Racer, 2020,

17 July 2020
10:00 (GMT + 0)

The Body in the Work

Talk by artists Tris Bucaro, Godith Hawkins, James Wilde and Lidan Yang
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18 July 2020
10:00 (GMT + 0)

On Object, Histories and Futures

Discussion from alternate realities and historic narratives to the ontology of the photograph.
19 July 2020
10:00 (GMT + 0)

On Borders and Being

Discussion on the nature of borders.
20 July 2020
18:15 (GMT + 0)

New wine in old bottles: retelling the fairy tale

A panel discussion on storytelling in photography.
23 July 2020
18:30 (GMT + 0)

Maria Teresa Scarabello: Unresolved

Performance on next phases, new eras and big quotes.
25 July 2020
10:00 (GMT + 0)

On Fragment, Rupture and Encounter

In conversation: Artist Ioanna Sakellaraki + Jonathan Miles, Tutor in Critical & Historical Studies
27 July 2020
16:00 (GMT + 0)

Sophie Hu: Not Only A Metaphor

Video Presentation.
28 July 2020
16:00 (GMT + 0)

Lunhua Kong: constant conjunction

Video installation with an introduction by the artist.
29 July 2020
16:00 (GMT + 0)

Xiaochun Wang: Monologue

A broadcast of Xiaochun Wang’s moving-image series Monologue with intro by Hermione Wiltshire.
30 July 2020
16:00 (GMT + 0)

Constanza Valderrama & Cristobal Valderrama: The Name

An experimental feature-length film
31 July 2020
16:00 (GMT + 0)

Ruijing Ge: Rodents' body exploration

Student-led presentation of photography.

Sameness and Difference, Subject and Society

Curated by Ifeanyi Awachie
School of Arts & Humanities
Photography (MA)

A Photography Selection

Curated by Professor Andreas Gursky

A curation by Fabien Baron

Curated by Fabien Baron

Materiality and Connection

Curated by Joe Hill

Humour and Story

Curated by Roger Guyett

I Shall be your Mirror

Curated by Francesca Amfitheatrof


Curated by Sandhini Poddar

Curiosity and Desire

Curated by Prof. Rebecca Fortnum

Slivers and Remnants

Curated by Esther Leslie


Curated by Emma Shipley

Peekaboo Pikachu

Curated by Joyce Wang

Color Palette Possibilites

Curated by Kai-Lu Hsiung

Distant Encounters

Curated by Dr Omar Kholeif, FRSA


The land beneath and beyond the metropolis

The Body, Resistance and History

Curated by Lisa Panting

Journeys, Experiences and Identities

Curated by Christopher Bailey CBE

Hyper Form

Curated by Viktoria Modesta
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Student Photographer of the Year is Ioanna Sakellaraki. The Photography Programme is grateful to Sony for subsequent support. Dior Photography Award for Young Talents 2020 Bowei Yang is this year’s Laureate.
Act on your Future Photography Prize 2020 was jointly won by Lowena Poole
Metro Imaging / RCA Award with thanks to Steve Macleod
supported by Simon Bishop and Bojana Ignatjovic
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