Staff Profile:Brian J Morrison

Third year BA Photography Lecturer Brian J Morrison will tonight see his art work exhibited in an international photography festival in Poland. Warsaw Photodays is showcasing a number of interesting projects which deal with the expanding field of photography and the theme of Testosterone.


Brian will be exhibiting a piece he produced in 2014 entitled Ripped, Chiseled and Rock Hard, a series of large photographic sculptures of bodies appropriated from the advertising imagery of Muscle and Fitness Magazine during the 1980’s.


This will be Brian’s first European exhibition, having presented his work already across the UK and Ireland.

Berlin Art Week



Staff from PhotoUCLan engaged with the range of curated shows and commercial galleries.


Ilit Azoulay

Shifting Degrees of Certainty


Kate Cooper



Staff Profile – Pleasure Prom by Mark Reeves

We recently embarked on a photography research trip to Blackpool during trips week to continue to explore ideas in the town. These images continue a long standing interest to explore ideas of Blackpool as a town in constant Flux, the contrast between carnival and calm, change and tradition, focusing on architectural spaces along the new promenade developments that have taken place over the last decade.











Staff Profile: Adam Murray ‘The Preston Pavilion’

UCLan Photography Lecturer Adam Murray has recently been involved with a site-specific installation project titled The Preston Pavilion.  This was a multi-media installation that revisited the origins of the Preston is my Paris collective and explored the initial motivations for starting the project.  The core values of the work are intrinsically linked to the original site of production; the city of Preston.  Elements of this place were situated in Jerusalem in the form of large-scale photographic prints, audio soundscape, real-time continuous webcam projection, sculpture and archival objects.

This project took place at the WE Festi-Conference for Artist Collectives from 13-15 August 2013 in Jerusalem.  Adam Murray worked in collaboration with Rob Griffiths, Jamie Hawkesworth, Robert Parkinson and Adam Mead.





Copeland Book Market

The Copeland Book Market was founded by Guy Robertson and Tom Saunderson in 2011 and takes its name from the yard in which their gallery, Son Gallery, was located in Peckham.  In 2012 they were joined by an advisory panel of artists, photographers and publishers including Kat Black, Lewis Chaplin from fourteen-nineteen, Oliver Griffin from Umbrella Group, and UCLan Photography Lecturer Adam Murray.

The 2013 edition of the Market took place recently and featured over 40 publishers including Cafe Royal Books, GOST Books, MELK, Village Bookstore and WassinkLundgren.  An extensive events programme accompanied the market featuring Jeremy Deller’s English Magic and a discussion titled ’50 years after Twentysix Gasoline Stations’.

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Staff Profile: Brian J Morrison Belfast Photo Festival

Second and Third Year Lecturer Brian J Morrison’s recent solo exhibition was part of this year’s Belfast Photo Festival. His work Ripped Chiselled and Rock Hard is a photographic installation created through sourcing images from past issues of extreme bodybuilding publication Muscle and Fitness.

“Via the act of re-photographing, re-printing, enlarging, cutting, mounting and balancing, Morrison presents a selected number of photographs used in advertisements from Muscle and Fitness (1980 to 89) outside of their original visual context.  The cut-out images in Ripped, Chiselled and Rock Hard have not been manipulated and remain as they were found in their magazine, with no alterations made other than enlarging the image after tracing its outline and removing it from its background.With their subjects in a state of activity, ‘flex’ or ‘pump’, these representations seek to encourage the male viewer to admire the apparent physical strength, yet never lust after the sculpted body. This ideology is reinforced via another commonly used visual construction of hetero-masculinity, in which these bodies attain not only an identity but also become the possession of a female admirer”




Ripped Chiseled and Rock Hard, Belfast Photo Festival 2013

Adam Murray – Krakow Photomonth Portfolio Reviews

UCLan Photography Lecturer Adam Murray recently visited Krakow Photomonth and took part as a portfolio reviewer looking at a range of projects presented by young photographers mainly based in Poland.  Fellow reviewers included Oliver Chanarin (Broomberg & Chanarin), Gordon MacDonald (GOST Books) and Aaron Schuman (SeeSaw Magazine) amongst others.  The whole festival offered a great insight into contemporary photographic practice.

Krakow Photomonth






Staff Profile – David Dennison

David teaches on a number of undergraduate & postgraduate modules, and describes one of his research interests as Text and Context:

Many writers have discussed the way that text can work with an image – Roland Barthes, Susan Sontag, Martha Rosler, John Tagg and Gillian Rose, among numerous others.

At its simplest level a caption can define a moment and location in the subject’s history – for example this image from an old family album captioned “Blackpool July 1958”:


(That’s me on the donkey)

At other times the text can provide us with an insight into contemporary attitudes and discourses, as in these examples from the early 20th century. These simple tourist images seem innocent enough,


but may become less innocent when you read the hand written captions on the reverse:


Seemingly these were “a delightful group of Indian Officers who moved away when they saw my camera”.

And in another example from the same collection:



“Camels swathed in scarves following the “Mahmal” carrying old old sheikh playing absurd little tunes on ridiculous little drums and penny whistles”.

You can make your own judgment about how the attitudes and cultural anchorage of the photographer affected how she or he interpreted the scene. If you are interested in this sort of Discourse Analysis you might like Discourse Analysis Online from Sheffield Hallam University:

Staff Profile – John Aitken

Exhibition in Guangzhou, China

My partner Jane and myself were invited to take part in a group show at the Guangdong Museum of Art in mid April. The exhibition was entitled Issues of Urbanisation. All the artists chosen were either from China or U.K. based and had work that investigated the impact of urbanization on individuals and communities. We went to Guangzhou to install the work and do a series of talks with local students, journalists and artists.




The work Jane and myself have been undertaking since 2004 is a longitudinal study of the council housing estate I’ve lived on since 1993 in Pendleton, Salford. The project has been documenting and archiving a landscape in change using observational reports, photography, video, audio recordings and archival based research.




Our exhibition piece, a three channel video installation, focused on the effects of Media City on the surrounding area. Media City was once the former dock area for Manchester and Salford that has now been transformed into a global media hub, housing the BBC and a growing army of high-end apartments blocks.


The areas dramatic economic development has meant that the once undesirable land of the housing estate next door has suddenly become attractive to real estate speculation. As a result people are slowly moved out, houses demolished and the land prepared under a number of ‘legitimate’ guises. A new type of urban prairie momentarily emerges awaiting new lucrative investment. A host of informative pamphlets, persuasive council strategies and user- friendly community focused websites emerge to mediate the evictions and changes.



Talking to students in the Guangzhou gallery many related to the things we were discussing. Guangzhou has transformed at a dramatic rate over the last twenty years and some of the changes they felt weren’t for the better. The pace of change and the lack of justice in who benefited from these developments particularly disturbed them.


As in Salford, communities who had inhabited the city for generations are being evicted to make way for high-density lucrative apartment blocks to house the new wealthy. In our own wanderings near the river we came across such several sites of demolitions where displaced people were living in liminal public spaces.





Below is a link to a great article examining some of the issues this blog entry touches on:

My own article on the housing estate in Salford can be found in the UCLan Library:

Staff Profile – Mark Reeves


Uclan Photography Lecturer Mark Reeves was asked to photograph the front cover of new quarterly publication ‘The Hive’ for Frodsham a small town in Cheshire where his office is located. The cover image selected features of a 50ft helter skelter that is one of only two left in the world of this type. The original helter skelter located on Frodsham hill was a northwest icon and legend has it after The Beatles rode it it inspired them to write the helter skelter song.