Biography

 

From the mid 1990's Insecurity examined the global phenomenon of privatised global security, utilising this modern hyper-industry as an allegory for analysing global insecurity. Summer Camp was photographed in the summer of 2001 at a secretive training camp in Eastern Europe that was part of the private military and security industry. At the end of that summer the Sept 11th attacks occurred and the private security industry expanded rapidly. Kill House is a photographic navigation through a US based military structure used for the training of private military personnel prior to deployment to domestic and foreign conflicts and was photographed in 2005 at the height of the war on terror. Super Border is a series of photographs taken along the route of the then newly opened 300 million euro External Integrated Vigilance System on the southern Andalucian coast in Spain. Bomblast are the safety protection curtains installed in many government departments, including the one that I once worked in, in the wake of the IRA bombings in London in the 1980's and 1990's and whose continued installation in those spaces reflects the ongoing threat and fear of major terrorist attack. The Colony takes the nightly phenomenon of bat colonies migrating across Australian skies during the time I lived in Sydney and touches on environmental displacement. It can also be read as a metaphor for Australia’s enhanced immigration policies enacted by successive Australian governments.

My work has been exhibited at The National Museum of Photography, Film & Television in Bradford, Open Eye in Liverpool, the Whitechapel Gallery in London, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art in Norwich, and Fotomuseum in Winterthur, Switzerland. I have work held in public and private collections including the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Martin Z. Margulies collection in Miami. Work is featured in published surveys including the Thames and Hudson World of Art series The Photograph as Contemporary Art, 100 European Photographers, EXIT, Madrid, the Focal Press publication Langford’s Basic Photography and magazines and journals such as Source and Portfolio.

Curatorial projects include Staging Disorder, including an accompanying publication (both with artist Esther Teichmann) for University of the Arts London and Infraliminal for Stills Gallery in Edinburgh.

I have been the recipient of awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Arts Council of England and The Australia Council. Since 2017 I have been Director of Photography at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London and was previously Associate Professor at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and the University of Technology Sydney and Programme Director for Photography, Moving Image & Sound at the University of Brighton.

I studied undergraduate photography at the Polytechnic of Central London and at West Surrey College of Art & Design, Farnham and completed an MA at the Royal College of Art and a PhD in the Faculty of Art & Design at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.