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.

Chris Coekin

Lecture of Photography, School of Fine Art & Photography

Chris Coekin is an artist and educator. His work is predominately concerned with contemporary British culture and the notion of ‘reality representation’. It is frequently based upon personal experience and collaborative processes. His working methodology is multi-layered, crossing genres, often combining text, ephemera, audio and archival imagery. Themes explored include, the domestic environment, work & industry and popular culture along with an exploration of photographic practice.

Coekin’s work has been exhibited widely, including solo shows at: The Photographers’ Gallery, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Belfast Exposed and Format Festival. Internationally at: Foam Museum, Chinese National Museum of Industry, Reminders Gallery, Tokyo, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto. He has published three books, Knock Three Times, The Hitcher and The Altogether.

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.

Jonathan Simms

Lecturer in Photography and Fashion Photography.

Jonathan Simms teaches on both the BA(Hons) Photography and the BA(Hons) Fashion Photography at UCA Rochester. As an assistant in the late 80’s, he first worked with British and French Vogue. Early productions with Max Vadukul led to work with Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair. Time was spent in New York with Alex Chatelain, moving to Paris in the early 90’s to assist Paolo Roversi, Albert Watson, Steve Hiett, and a full time post with Pamela Hanson. Jonathan’s publishing career took off with the support of stylist Brana Wolf in the world of Fashion Photography, shooting for Vogue Pelle. Based in Paris, further commissions ensued with stylist Emmanuel Alt, for Vingt Ans magazine and French Marie Claire. Clients such as Elle, Glamour, GQ, Marie Claire, Spanish Vogue, Vogue Homme, commissioned for a style that took Inspiration from the French ‘New Wave’ cinema, yet entwined the intimate format of the Leica M series camera. Jonathan’s work during 90’s was influenced by a rich and exciting time within the world of Fashion, with designers open to risk and prepared to adventure into the unconventional. Working with instant transparency film, the 35mm film was later enlarged on to large format Polaroid materials as final prints.

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.

Professor Jean Wainwright

Professor of Contemporary Art and Photography, School of Film and Media

Jean Wainwright is an art historian, critic and curator living in London. Her areas of expertise are in contemporary art and photography, with particular reference to Andy Warhol, on whose life and works she is an internationally recognised expert. As a writer and academic she has published extensively in the contemporary arts field, contributing to numerous catalogues and books.  She also regularly appears on television and radio, most notably on Channel 4, the BBC, The Open University, Resonance FM and BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

In 2011–12 Wainwright curated two UK Warhol exhibitions (The Search for Andy Warhol’s Voice and Andy Warhol’s Altered Ego). In 2014, she curated a major international exhibition, Ship to Shore: Art and the Lure of the Sea.  

Wainwright’s practice as an art critic most prominently features interviews with international artists, photographers, filmmakers and curators. Her interviews can be found in the numerous catalogues she has contributed to, and her work has been published extensively in the media, including Audio ArtsThe Art NewspaperThe Art Newspaper TV (for which she won an IVCA award), Art WorldThe GuardianArt Review and Hotshoe.

Along with the entire unedited Audio Arts archive, Wainwright’s ‘conversations’ for Audio Arts magazine were acquired by The Tate Gallery in 2006.  One hundred and seventy-seven of these ‘conversations’ are now available online on the Tate website. A number of Wainwright’s interviews also appear in Speaking of Art: Four Decades of Artists in Conversation (Phaidon, 2010). 

As a presenter and interviewer, Wainwright has covered all the major art fairs and events over the past 15 years, including Frieze (London), Art Basel in Miami and Basel, the Venice Biennale and The Armory (New York).

Wainwright has also collaborated on a number of corporate arts projects for Futurecity, including Heathrow Terminal 2 (Slipstream), Grosvenor Waterside, Gilt of Cain, Ebbsfleet Valley and BT Connected World. She is also a consultant for Quintessentially Art.