School of Film, Media and Performance
Media Factory, ME330
+44 (0) 1772 89 4797
Subject Areas: Photography
John Aitken has worked in the photography area at UCLan since 1999. His background is in freelance and in exhibition based work. Since 2001 he has centred his practice primarily in urban-based photography. Currently he is working on long-term projects in the former Eastern Europe centring on utopian expressions of urbanism and in Salford, Greater Manchester, examining the effects of gentrification on local communities and public space. He works collaboratively with his partner Jane Brake (MMU). Their work is included in the book The Politics of Space and Place (Cambridge Scholars 2012).
John van Aitken's current research deals with the impact of geopolitical economics and mobilities on local alignments of space. In particular he is exploring the role that photographic practices can play in mapping global processes. John is also working on a long-standing visual and theoretical project about post-socialist urban spaces.
Publications include a chapter in a forthcoming book entitled The Politics of Space and Place: Exclusions, Resistance and Alternatives, published by Cambridge Scholars. He is also developing an international conference on issues related to photography, walking and urban space, in partnership with Goldsmiths, London
John has a background in art, anthropology and installation practice and is currently a postgraduate student with the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, London.