Heike Lowenstein

Course Leader

The interest in place and identity has run as a strand through German-born UK-based Löwenstein’s photographic practice of over 30 years. In the 80’s and 90’s she has focused on commissions in documentary, editorial, architecture and industrial photography and worked for numerous national and international clients, for example Stern, OTIS, Dorling Kindersley and BMW.

Heike’s field of enquiry is photography concerned with meaning of place and representation of identity; informed by phenomenology. Her practice-based research pursues the impact of an environment upon the formation of identity and the self. In her project Panarrative she focuses on panoramic photography as a tool that can aid communication of this context.

Löwenstein had several books with her work published and had numerous solo and group shows in Berlin, London, Glasgow, New York, Arles, China and Dresden between 1993 and today.


Francis Summers

Senior Lecturer in Photography and Fashion Photography.

Dr. Francis Summers is Senior Lecturer in Photography and Fashion Photography. I completed my PhD, Compulsions to Enjoy: Appropriation, Enjoyment and Time-Based Art, in 2014. I work in collaboration with Louisa Minkin, with recent pieces including A is for front line (Parking Lot magazine, 2016- upcoming) and Common Conduct (recently shown as part of the Atomic Pictures video program in Paris, 2015). As committee member of the artist-run organisation Five Years I recently facilitated Steve Klee’s Too Prolix: Between a Rock and a Hard Place, 2015, an exhibition documenting a performative re-enactment of the language of class struggle during the 18th century in Chatham Dock Yards.

Ellen Nolan

Senior Lecturer in Fashion Photography.

Ellen Nolan is an artist and lecturer whose practice explores representation and performance within the domestic and constructed image. She has exhibited photographic projects in the UK and internationally including showing selected work at The Photographers Gallery, Four Corners Gallery and The National Portrait Gallery, where she has five works housed in their collection. Prior to this she worked as a fashion and portrait photographer for fifteen years for i-D, Sunday Telegraph, Vogue Homme + and British Vogue. She shot advertising campaigns for the likes of Dries Van Noten, Nike and Levis. Along with directing prestigious pop videos, short films, fashion films and album covers.

Jason Dee

Lecturer in Photography and Fashion Photography.

Jason Dee’s practice uses digital technology to distort the spatial and temporal boundaries of analogue films. This approach works in conjunction with installation techniques that alter cinema’s carefully aligned layout of projector, screen and audience. These two methods combine to highlight the fragmented structure of a hybrid medium that has been in a constant state of flux and renewal for over a century. Rather than simply exposing the material workings of an increasingly obsolete medium, digital technology is used to subtly shift and undermine film’s intricately constructed worlds, creating alternative spaces, rhythms and viewpoints within which old and the new ways of seeing can be merged and reinterpreted.  Jason has recently completed a PhD at Newcastle University. His practice-led research focused on the shifting perceptual parameters created by the transfer of 20th Century audio-visual recordings to 21st Century media.  He has exhibited and presented papers in Britain, Europe and North America and undertaken a number of residencies, including the Scottish Arts Council New Media Residency, Stills Photography Gallery Residency (Edinburgh) and the Squeaky Wheel Media Residency (NY) Recent exhibitions include: Pursuit of a Shadow (solo show, Talbot Rice Gallery Edinburgh) Rencontres Internationales (Pompidou Centre – Paris, Haus der Kulturen der Welt – Berlin); Running Time: Artist films in Scotland: 1960 to Now, Dean Gallery, Scottish National Galleries, Edinburgh.

Steffi Klenz

Reader in Photography

Steffi Klenz’ photographic practice has been consistently preoccupied with the build environment, critically exploring the notion of place and spatiality. Her work particularly explores the fragmented image, suggesting that navigating a terrain or building results in navigating through her images. Her work has been included in various group- and solo exhibitions nationally as well as internationally. Her work has been discussed in various books such as Chris Townsends’s “New Art from London” (Thames & Hudson, 2006), Judith Rugg’s “Spatialities: The Geographies of Art and Architecture” (Intellect Publishing, 2012), Robert Shore’s “Post-Photography: The Artist with a Camera” (Laurence King Publishing, 2014) and Imogen Racz’ “Art and Home: Comfort, Alienation and the Everyday” (I.B.Tauris, 2015). In 2016 her work will be appear in the book publication “Ship to Shore: Art and the Sea” following on from the international grow-exhibition at the John Hansard Gallery and SeaCity Museum. Klenz will also publish her second book entitled “He only feels the black and white of it” by Mörel Publishing in 2016. Klenz is Reader in Photography and Subject Leader in MA Photography at UCA Rochester.    

Professor Ori Gersht

Professor of Photography

Ori Gersht is an Israeli fine art photographer. He is a Professor of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts in Rochester, Kent, England. Gersht graduated in Photography, Film and Video from University of Westminster, London and studied for an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art, London. Gersht has exhibited widely in museums and galleries since the early 1990s. He is represented by Angles Gallery in Los Angeles, CRC Gallery in New York, Ben Brown Fine Arts in London, and Noga Gallery in Tel Aviv. In 2012 Gersht’s show History Repeating was mounted at the Museum of Fine Art, Boston.

Ed Thompson

Lecturer in Photography

Edward Thompson is a photographer, artist and lecturer. His photographic work has focused on various subjects over the years; from covering environmental issues, socio-political movements, subcultures and the consequences of war. He has lectures on photography and regularly speaks on photography on television and radio, including on Al Jazeera News and the BBC World Service. His own documentary photo-essays and freelance assignments have been published in international magazines including National Geographic Magazine, Newsweek Japan, GQ Italy, Greenpeace Magazine, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, BBC, CNN, The Eyes, La Monde Diplomatique and The Sunday Times Magazine.