Nick Bright

Senior Lecturer

Nick Bright is a photographer and lecturer
working from a studio base in Bristol.
His current practice involves the use of both analogue and digital technologies in the visual exploration of institutional spaces and contexts. He has exhibited nationally, with his work held in both public and private collections in the UK, and has lectured across a broad range of curricula at FE and HE levels. His research interests include examinations of museological spaces and practices through photographic representation.

JIM CAMPBELL

Programme Manager

DR SHAWN SOBERS

Associate Professor

My work in film and photography is primarily people-based, rooted in personal narratives, hidden histories and untold stories. As a researcher my work has spanned a wide range of topics, including; community media, creative education, Trans-Atlantic slave trade, disability & walking, and Rastafari culture.

I have chapters and articles published in peer reviewed journals and books, and have spoken and exhibited at a wide range of conferences and events, nationally and internationally.

I co-founded Firstborn Creatives production company in 1999 with Rob Mitchell, and made programmes for BBC 1, ITV West and Channel 4.

A collection of my work can be found at www.shawnsobers.com

LIZ BANKS

Senior Lecturer

Liz is a senior lecturer in Photography and moving image. Her film studies background and ongoing experience as a filmmaker provides students with a wide range of skills and knowledge for work in the photographic industry.

Liz graduated from Bournemouth Film School and then trained as a researcher, editor and director at the BBC. Since then she has worked as an independent filmmaker directing and producing documentaries and short drama for the BBC, ITV and the UK Film Council. Her films have been supported by the British Council and screened at film festivals around the world. Since completing her MA, her practice has evolved into experimental moving image for the gallery, with exhibitions in the UK.

She co-founded Bath Community Television and continues to work in the community sector as a mentor and workshop facilitator for young filmmakers and women entering the film industry. Liz has worked with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School directing acting students, as well as Somerset Film and Video and Calling the Shots as a guest speaker and workshop leader on scripting and directing. For the past three years she has taught screenwriting and storyboarding on the BFI funded Film Academy Bristol course for 16 -25 yr olds, where films have gone on to win awards at young people’s film festivals in Poland.

Liz’s practice often draws from her own experience, her films tend to be personal and experiential – seeking to capture a feeling or connection to place. She is interested in an inter-disciplinary, collaborative way of working that can encompass phenomenology, cultural geography, oral history and mental health. A recent return to photography has led her to re-evaluate the image and ways of looking, making process & research methods more important. She is keen to experiment with mixing still and moving image, documentary, drama and archive to a produce more interesting outcomes to her work.

AMANDA HARMAN

AMANDA HARMAN

Senior Lecturer

Amanda has worked as a photographer, lecturer and arts project manager for 30 years. Her photographic practice has been broad and varied, working on a range of commissions, residencies and projects for galleries, museums, charities and commercial clients.

She has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, and is held in a number of collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Media Museum, Bradford.

Amanda has won international awards and recognition, most recently selected for Portrait Salon 13, Winner of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards - Professional Still Life Category, Critical Mass Top 50 and Photolucida Solo Exhibition Award at Blue Sky, Oregon Centre for Photographic Arts, 2016.

Amanda has managed long term arts projects for organisations including: Arnolfini, Education Unlimited, Fairbridge Trust, The Princes Trust, Knowle West Media Centre and NESTA/Wellcome Trust, and supported artist led projects with Mark Titchener, Kathleen Herbert and Jyll Bradley for Arnolfini

Most recent commissions have come from charities focusing on young people, disability and wellbeing, and include YMCA England, Contact - for families with disabled children, Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile and Mind You - mental health website for young people.

In recent years Amanda has developed personal projects characterised by an exploration of place and people's relationship to it. This has seen projects that look at personal and intimate spaces, such as glasshouses and club houses, whilst her current project explores the wider landscape, specifically our relationship with the dynamic and shifting terrain of marshes and wetlands.

Amanda is a member of the Bristol Photography Research Group.

LEE ELKINS

Senior Lecturer

I am a photographer and photography book publisher. I collaborate with other photographers and visual artists to realise their projects. I assist the edit, sequencing, design, manufacture and distribution of photography books through my publishing company The Lost Light Recordings and have worked with a variety of established and up and coming artists including Cian Oba-Smith, Lewis Khan, John Spinks, Giya Makondo-Wills and Ben Ingham. I am fascinated in how narratives can be created, disrupted, manipulated within the pages of a book and how this can reflect the experience and position of the author. It is crucial that I represent the artist authentically and that the design and materials amplify the project and the subject. My own work uses a multimedia approach in both still and moving image and explores at the relationship between the psychological aspects of landscape and the interplay of both national and personal identity.

I graduated from UWE in 2011 with a First Class Hons degree and completed an MA in Photography and the Book at Plymouth University in 2013. I have exhibited in London and the South West.

DR AMAK MAHMOODIAN

AARON SCHUMAN

AARON SCHUMAN

Programme Leader - MA Photography

AARON SCHUMAN is an photography-led artist, writer, editor and curator based in the United Kingdom. He received a BFA in Photography and Art History from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1999, and an MA in Humanities and Cultural Studies from the University of London's London Consortium (Birkbeck College / TATE / ICA London / Architectural Association) in 2003. Having assisted various artists and photographers - most notably, Annie Leibovitz and Wolfgang Tillmans - Schuman has pursued a career as an artist, writer, editor and curator since 2000 . His photographic work has been exhibited internationally – at institutions such as Tate Modern, the Institute of Contemporary Arts - ICA (London), Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Christie's (London / New York), and elsewhere – and is held in many public and private collections. Schuman is the author of “FOLK” (NB Books, 2016) - which was named one of 2016’s “Best Photobooks” by Sean O'Hagan (The Guardian), Alec Soth (Photo-Eye) and Jason Fulford (TIME), and was longlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2017 - and he has contributed texts to many recent books including “Aperture Conversations: 1985 to the Present” (Aperture, 2018), “Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins” (Prestel, 2018), “George Rodger: Nuba & Latuka—The Colour Photographs” (Prestel, 2017), “Alec Soth: Gathered Leaves” (MACK, 2015), “Vision Anew” (University of California Press, 2015), “The Photographer's Playbook” (Aperture, 2014), and “Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals” (Prestel, 2014), amongst many others. Schuman also regularly contributes to magazines such as Frieze, ArtReview, Aperture, Foam, Hotshoe, TIME, the British Journal of Photography, and more. Additionally, Schuman has curated several major exhibitions, including “Indivisible: New American Documents” (FOMU Antwerp, 2016), “Mixtape” (Riga Photomonth, 2016), “In Appropriation’ (Houston Center for Photography, 2012), “Other I: Alec Soth, WassinkLundgren, Viviane Sassen” (Hotshoe Gallery London, 2011), and “Whatever Was Splendid: New American Photographs” (FotoFest, 2010). In 2014, Schuman served as Curator of Krakow Photomonth 2014 – entitled “Re:Search”, the main programme featured major exhibitions by Taryn Simon, Trevor Paglen, Jason Fulford, Clare Strand, Walker Evans & David Campany, Thomas Keenan & Eyal Weizman and others. In 2018, Schuman served as Curator of JaipurPhoto Festival 2018 - entitled “Homeward Bound” the main programme featured exhibitions by Salvatore Vitale, Nola Minolfi, Terje Abusdal, Arko Datto, Tereza Zelenkova, John Maclean and others. Schuman was also the founder and editor of SeeSaw Magazine (2004-2014), and is Programme Leader of the MA Photography programme at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol). His forthcoming monograph, ``SLANT``, will be published by MACK in 2019. For more information, please visit: www.aaronschuman.com

JOHN HOUSE

Associate Lecturer & Senior Technical Instructor

FRANK MENGER

Area Co-ordinator - Photography Technical Services

GEORGE WOOD

Senior Technical Instructor

SAM ROGERS

SENIOR TECHNICAL INSTRUCTOR

KATHY FOOTE

Technical Instructor