Jonathan Purcell

Lecturer in Photography

School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Media Factory, ME330

+44 (0) 1772 89 3057

Subject Areas: Photography

Jonathan is a lecturer in photography on the BA (Hons) Photography course. He is research active within the area of journalism, media theory and practice and is a member of the Photography research group

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Jonathan has participated in a number of prestigious awards, commissions and exhibitions including the Northwest Open at Open Eye Gallery Liverpool, the ‘Setting up Scheme’ led by the Arts Council of England, Bury Arts Gallery’s Centenary, Axial Dance in Wieblingen. Work Town for Lowry Art Gallery reworking the methodology of Humphrey Spender’s Mass Observation with residents in Salford 2007.

Jonathan's qualifications include: MA Photography (Nottingham Trent University) and Cert Ed; Higher/Adult Education (Manchester Met University).

He is a member of the Institute for Learning.


Research interests include looking at the nature of portraiture and the photographer’s role. Current practice explores the ‘Psychology of Human Display’ the role and interaction between the photographer and the photographed, where social and personal dynamics interplay when one confronts, and is confronted with the camera.