The short version
I work across media and platforms to visualise forms of contemporary power. I have exhibited, published, and taught internationally.
The long version
Born in London, I studied at the University of Warwick, worked as a consultant researcher for the United Nations HIV/AIDS taskforce, and then started to develop my own projects from 2012. In my work I seek to draw attention to forms of invisible power that operate in the world. To do this I work across media and platforms, using photography, text, video, data visualisation, exhibitions, books and more. I start from the standpoint that power is always problematic because it’s natural resting state is arbitrary and untransparent. Irrespective of the intentions of the people and institutions possessing it, this is the state to which power constantly seeks to return.
In The Memory of History (2012) I travelled through ten European countries documenting the way the past was being politically manipulated in the context of the economic crisis and recession. In War Primer 3 (2013) I appropriated an appropriative work of photographic art to critique the method of its production and the power relations of the art world. For Metropole (2015) I documented the transformation of London at the hands of aggressive developers and property speculators. In Shadows of the State (2018), I mapped the covert communications used by intelligence agencies, creating images from their intercepted signals.
More recently I spent six months in 2018 as photographer in residence at the Société Jersiaise in the Bailiwick of Jersey, working on a project about the international finance industry, tentatively titled Trading Zones. I am simultaneously working on a new book on the origins of space exploration and the politics of technology, titled Wv.B. Many of my projects have been published as books, and my work has been nominated and shortlisted for commendations including the Kassel book dummy award 2019, Tim Hetherington Visionary Award 2018 and 2017, the Luma Rencontres d’Arles Dummy Book Award 2018, 2016 and 2015, the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Award 2017, the Self-Publish Riga Award 2016, the Photo Espana Book Award 2016, and the Bar Tur Photobook Award 2015 and 2014.
My projects often incorporate text and I have also written about photography for a wide range of national and international print and web titles. Since 2011 I have published Disphotic, a blog on photography and visual culture. For more on my writing see here. I have curated a number of exhibitions including It’s Gonna be Great (2017), Images of Power (2016), Very Now (2016), Incomplete Images (2016), Magna Errata (2015), and Media & Myth (2015). For more on my curation see here. As an educator I lecture on the MA and BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography courses at London College of Communication, and I have been a visiting speaker at other institutions including the Universities of South Wales, Westminster, Coventry, and Falmouth. For more on my teaching see here.
From September 2019 I will be a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics Media and Communications department where I will be researching the impact of automation and artificial intelligence on visual journalism.