Dr Lucy Soutter
Dr Lucy Soutter is the Course Leader of the MA in Photography Arts, and is an artist, critic and art historian with a multi-disciplinary background. After concentrating in Visual and Environmental Studies and English at Harvard College, Lucy received an MFA in Photography from the California Institute of the Arts. Her Yale University PhD thesis in the History of Art, The Visual Idea, examined the uses of photography by first generation conceptual artists. Based in London since 2000, Lucy taught at The London College of Communication, Sotheby’s Institute and the Royal College of Art before joining the University of Westminster in 2016.
Lucy’s work focuses on questions of value and meaning in contemporary art and photography. She has written for publications including Afterimage, Aperture, Source, Photographies, Frieze and Art India. Her book Why Art Photography? published by Routledge in 2013, has been translated into Spanish, Chinese and Korean and will come out in a revised edition in 2017. The chapters follow her key research interests in relation to ambiguity, objectivity, fiction, authenticity, the digital and photography’s expanded field. She is currently available to take on new research supervisions in these and related areas.


Selected Publications

“Dominic Hawgood: Casting out the Self” POSTmatter, “New Mythologies Issue,” October 2016 (www.postmatter.com).

“Expanded Photography: Persistence of the Photographic,” PhotoResearcher, No. 26 (Autumn 2016).

“Showing and Telling: Narrative Photography from Pictures to Parafictions,” in Telling Tales: Contemporary Narrative Photography. San Antonio, TX: McNay Museum and Seattle, WA: Marquand Books, 2016.

“Expanded Photography,” Photo World (Beijing) 2016/1, pp. 36-41.

“Expanding Photography circa 1970: Photographic Objects and Conceptual Art” in Mary Statzer, ed. The Photographic Object. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2016.

“Situation and Seduction: Marianna Rothen’s Shadows in ParadisePhotoworks Annual 2015 (November 2015).

“Work, Rest and Play: British Photography from the 1960s to Today,” catalogue essay in Work, Rest and Play, published in 4 Chinese editions to accompany an exhibition by The Photographers’ Gallery travelling to Shenzhen, Shanghai, Wuhan and Beijing, 2015-16.

Why Art Photography? London: Routledge, 2013.

“Eva Stenram: Drape,” Aperture 212 (Fall, 2013), p. 123.

“What is Conceptual Photography?” Source 71 (Summer 2012), pp. 22-3.

“Dial ‘P’ for Panties: Narrative Photography in the 1990s.” Reprinted in Catherine Grant and Lori Waxman, eds. Girls! Girls! Girls! In Contemporary Art. London: Intellect, 2010, pp. 45-61. [first published in Afterimage, vol. 27, no. 4 (January/February 2000), p. 9-12].


Recent Talks include:

“Translating Photography: A Symposium,” co-chaired with Mao Weidong at Lianzhou Foto Festival, China, November 2016.