Still image from 'Wotan', 2011



My photo-history research is focussed on Nationalist German photographers of the 1930s and 1940s. As a direct result of my research since 2010 over 500 vintage German photographs have been added to our university collection through funded purchases and through donations. This collection continues to grow. Working with donated historical negatives I am printing images that in many cases have not been seen since the 1940s. A monograph Erich Retzlaff: volksfotograf was published to accompany a touring exhibition of some of this work that I curated in conjunction with the German Historical Institute, London (2013/14). I have curated a new exhibition entitled A Radical Tradition, that opened in Manchester in 2019. The exhibition is comprised of our German photography acquisitions and additional work from period publications. The exhibition will also be shown in Germany (2020). I am also the sole editor of a book Photography in the Third Reich: Art, Physiognomy and Propaganda. This will be the first English language survey to focus specifically on creative photography in the Third Reich. I continue to contribute to peer-reviewed international conferences and research writing on my research. 

Art Practice

I have an extensive exhibition record. I have participated in group and solo exhibitions for nearly 30 years developing an international profile with associated publications. Exhibition experience includes exhibitions in London, Johannesburg, Kansas City, Leeuwarden, Cape Town, Durban, New York, Chicago, Berlin, Baltimore, Cardiff and Pretoria. I have also exhibited alongside internationally renowned artists such as Chuck Close and Sally Mann. My practice as an experimental filmmaker resulted in a commission from the Arts Council of Wales to make a film for the O4W Fourth Wall Film Festival, Cardiff in 2012 (you can view some of my experimental films by following the link to my YouTube channel). My photographic and print work is represented in many private collections as well as institutional collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Johannesburg Art Gallery.