I came to Wales to work at the Newport Art School in 1990 – after having taught at the University of Colorado, Boulder and Metropolitan State College in Denver – and stayed. I worked within the expanding University advocating for the photographic as art practice and contributing to the development of the subject Photomedia, Subject Leader until 1997, which became the Photographic Art degree course, that course is now embedded within the newly developed Photography course that coincides with the new purpose built Atrium 2B at the Cardiff Campus.



2016 Presenter Moving Stills in association with University of the West of England and Watershed Arts Centre
2015 Presenter: APHE, Notthingham Trent University
2015 Presenter: “On the Verge of Photography” Central St Martin’s, London
2015 Maternal Structures in Creative Practice, London Southbank University
2015 Pictures, Places and Living Memory, Mary Ward House, London
2015 Fast Forward: Women in Photography, Tate Modern
2014 Psychoanalysis & Photography, University of Westminster
2014 Presenter: Vasily Grossman’s Heritage: Originality of a 20th century classic 12th -14th September
2012 Presenter: 2-day event Beyond Representation, London Southbank University
2010 Presenter at 2nd Global Conference on Genocide, University of Sussex, Brighton, England 28th June-1st July 2010
2012 Life and Fate, Oxford University
2010 Witnessing History Holocaust Testimony from the Scrolls of Auschwitz to the Present Friday University of Leeds
2009 Concentrationary Memories. University of Leeds


2017 “Derived from the Written” symposium chair, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
2017 reviewer for HEA Fellow Review Panels
2016 Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff presenter/discussion of Susan Steinberg’s 2015 film Mirrors to Windows: The Woman as Artist to coincide with Rose Wylie retrospective.
2015 Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff presenter/discussion of Estate: A Reverie by Andrea Luka Zimmerman for The Jarmin Awards, supported by the Arts Council of England.
2011 Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff gallery talk for Tim Davies’ solo exhibition 50th Year to Heaven.
2007 ffotogallery, Penarth, Gallery Q&A for Richard Page’s solo exhibition What We Already Know



Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (UK)
APHE (Association of Photography in Higher Education UK)
CIRI Research Institute
eCPR research centre
College Art Association (USA)
Society for Photographic Education (USA)

Research interests

I am interested in photographic narrative, image & text, the audio-visual, the photographic bookwork, identity politics, representation, philosophy of photography, history & memory, trauma theory and affect in art. Arts-based practices having emerged in recent years as an alternative methodological genre for the acquisition of the PhD qualification has afforded me the opportunity to combine writing about photography with consolidating my practice in the form of digitally animated films. At present I am specifically working on the relation of the Maternal to the photographic Punctum in post-traumatic cultures with outputs that include illustrated academic essays and conference presentations, however the main emphasis is the completion of a practice-as-research photographic monograph. 

Research output

  1. Return

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review

  2. Moving Stills: Putting the spotlight on sequence and the family album

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionpeer-review

  3. The Singular Image in Durational Time

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

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