The Photography research group includes members who are writers and artists as well as photographers. Its interests range across a number of research themes that are both national and international in nature. For example, one key strand of its work is focused on long-term projects both in Eastern Europe, centring on utopian expressions of urbanism, and in Salford, Greater Manchester, examining the effects of gentrification on local communities and public space. Another is focussed around a number of recognised projects within contemporary photographic practice and incorporates publishing, live events, site specific installations and writing. The group’s interests include also a focus on researching the experience of photography students, together with ways of making that experience more holistic. Work in this area is led by John Aitken.
The Photography research area is led by John Aitken. Aitken works collaboratively with his partner Jane Brake (see, for example, The Politics of Space and Place (Cambridge Scholars, 2012). Their work combines ethnographic methods with forms of visual research to explore contemporary articulations of place. Most recently (April 2013) Aitken was invited to take part in a group show, Issues of Urbanisation, at the Guangdong Museum of Art.
For the photography group research and practice are an integrated whole. Their work continues to have impact in the world outside academia on a number of fronts.
Brian J. Morrison is a visual artist concerned with gender studies and recently displayed a new body of work as part of the Belfast Photo Festival.Brian is currently exhibiting a series of photographic sculptures at the Warsaw Photography Festival, Poland. The Main Programme in Warsaw galleries will feature thirteen individual projects selected through a competition addressed to visual artists. We’ve expected themed photographic projects and multimedia forms with the use of photographs and /or video that visually analyze and problematize the idea of masculinity.
Brian will present a selected number of photographs used in advertisements from Muscle and Fitness (1980 to 89) outside of their original visual context. The cut-out images in Ripped, Chiselled and Rock Hard have not been manipulated and remain as they were found in their magazine, with no alterations made other than enlarging the image after tracing its outline and removing it from its background.
This will be Brian’s first international exhibition having displayed his work previously in the UK and Ireland. This work has received international media attention and will be on show until the 15th of December 2015
For more information on Brian’s exhibition visit Warsaw Photodays.
The Fieldwork Photography Forum
The Fieldwork Photography Forum is to be an annual free event in November of each year. It is a part of the Great Northern Creative Festival run by the School of Film, Media and Performance. Fieldwork is a 'beacon event' that welcomes photographers, local people, FE and HE students and alumni from around the country to take part in two days of talks, discussions and workshops based on a range of photographic practices. It is part of the School’s programme to connect with a wider audience in a range of communities.
This year The Fieldwork Photography Forum hosted over 150 people to a programme that included discussions on drone photography, the history of contemporary photographic curation in the UK, to talks by such prominent photographers as Peter Kennard and Magnum's Ian Berry. For information on next years event contact email@example.com
The Photography Research Group is holding a one-day Fieldwork Symposium at UCLan on November 9th as part of the School of Film, Media and Performance’s Great Northern Creative Festival. This is free for students. A programme will be available in due course on this web page.
We are also holding alongside the conference an exhibition at the university’s PR1 Gallery. The theme is on the urban image. Email submissions should be Images that must be jpg, 72dpi, 1000px along the longest edge.
Email submissions to JPurcell@uclan.ac.uk and JAitken@uclan.ac.uk. Read more about open call for submissions to all photographers/students.
A selection of recent events involving the group is mentioned in the sample of its ‘impact’ provided elsewhere on this site.
The School has a growing community of UK and international students working on taught Masters . The Photography team welcomes applications from those wishing to undertake postgraduate research.
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John van Aitken is Course Leader for the BA and MA Photography routes at UCLan. Since 2001 his research practice has centred on urban-based photography. Currently his work examines the spatial effects of gentrification on local communities in both Guangzhou, China and in Salford, UK. He works collaboratively with his partner Jane Brake (MMU) http://iudblog.org/ . Their work is included in the book The Politics of Space and Place (Cambridge Scholars 2012). He is currently a doctoral researcher at the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM), University of Westminster. He leads the Photography research group.