Paul is a photographer, filmmaker and sociologist based at Goldsmiths, University of London. He initially trained in photojournalism, fine art and film at the London College of Communication (LCC), and Central Saint Martins Art School. He also studied social anthropology, art history and archaeology at Goldsmiths, and the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. His main research and visual practice interests are focused on urban photography, visual research methods, urban materialities, the sociology and cultures of art practice and film ethnography. His professional experience includes having directed a Channel Four TV documentary, freelance photographic projects for The Guardian and Independent Magazine along with various media and arts consultancies. He is also a former media advisor for the British Refugee Council, founding director of Urban Photo Fest and a director of Photofusion.
Paul is the course leader of the MA in Photography and Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths and co-curates the Urban Photo Fest at Tate Britain.
Caroline Knowles is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR). Her research focuses on visual sociology including spatial and biographical methods, ethnicity, globalization and urban space. She recently completed ‘Landscapes of Belonging’ a British Academy funded project with Douglas Harper, investigating British and South East Asian migrants in Hong Kong.
She is currently working with Roger Hewitt and colleagues in Hamburg and Bergen on ‘The Architecture of Religious Transmission’. Also working with artist Michael Tan of Nanying Technological University in Singapore, on ‘Footwear and Social Fabrics’, an ‘object biography’ of the life-worlds and journeys of a pair of flip flop sandals from their production in China and consumption in Ethiopia, funded by the British Academy.
Mandy Lee Jandrell
Born in South Africa, Mandy Lee Jandrell is an artist now based in the UK. In projects such as ‘Eidyllion’, Mandy photographs wildlife parks, theme parks, botanical gardens, historical recreation sites, etc. Her work examines the notion of nature as leisure activity within a consumer culture. Jandrell’s photographs expose a highly constructed manifestation of nature courtesy of the global leisure industries.
Mandy’s photographs been shown both in the UK and abroad, including The Serpentine Gallery, The White- chapel Gallery, the Royal Academy of Art, London and the South African National Gallery in Cape Town. Her work is in several collections in the UK and South Africa, including the Government Art Collection (UK) and The South African National Gallery Collection. Jandrell’s photographs were most recently published in Edge of a Dream: Utopia, Landscape and Contemporary Photography. She completed her MA Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in 2003 and is currently lecturer and Course Leader of Photography at Southampton Solent University.
Peter Coles is a freelance photographer, editor, and journalist. Having studied psychology at Manchester and Oxford universities, Peter carried out research into art and visual perception. While visiting tutor in Design Research at the Royal College of Art, he was involved in pioneering efforts to bring the arts into public buildings, especially hospitals. He moved to Paris in 1987, where he lived for 20 years, mostly writing for science magazines, including Nature, Science and New Scientist, before joining the editorial team of the UNESCO Courier and Sources magazines. During this time, Peter completed a major body of photographs called ‘Paris Traces’, looking at unconscious communication between people through the objects they abandon and marks they make in Paris streets and public places.
After travelling widely on reporting assignments for many years, Peter moved back to London in 2006. Over the past ten years he has become increasingly interested in urban nature – the ‘urban biosphere’. Since joining the Goldsmiths Centre for Urban and Community Research as a research fellow in 2007, he has run a series of photography workshops on this theme, often based on walks along Deptford Creek and the lower Lea Valley near Stratford. He is currently developing a long-term photographic study of urban trees and is writing a global history of the Mulberry tree for Reaktion press. His photographs have been exhibited widely and are in a number of public and private collections.
Laura Cuch is a documentary and fine art photographer. She teaches photography in various programs at Goldsmiths, University of London, including the MA in Photography and Urban Cultures (which she completed in 2006). In 2015 Laura received an AHRC Doctoral Award to join the project ‘Making Suburban Faith’ based at UCL, where she has initiated the project ‘Spiritual Flavours’, employing photography and film to explore food and domestic religious practices of various faith communities in one locality of West London.
Laura is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Urban and Community Research at Goldsmiths and a member of the Urban Photographers Association. Her photography has been published and exhibited internationally, including exhibitions at Photofusion, H2O Gallery, Museo Thyssen Bornemisza, Bogotá Contemporáneo, Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña, Rich Mix Centre, Centro Cultural Blanquerna, Arts Santa Mònica, Scan09, the Viewfinder Gallery, Zoom In, Stour Space, City University, and Espai Cavallers 31-33.
Diego Ferrari is an artist and photographers with over 21 years experience exhibiting in galleries and lecturing on his projects worldwide. His recent work takes a fine art approach to street photography. His work interrogates the relationship between social values and public spaces, with a particular interest in the relationship between the body and its environment, articulating modes of individual and collective experiences and social relations. He studied Fine Art in Barcelona, completed a Fine Art BA at Goldsmith’s College, University of London and was awarded an MA in Art & Architecture at the University of Canterbury. He teaches on the Masters course in Photography and Design at Elisava Barcelona School of Design & Engineering and is a Senior lecturer on the BA in Photography at Kingston University London; he also contributes as a lecturer on the MA in Photography and Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Since 2005 he has been running the course on “Photography, Art and Architecture” at Central Saint Martins. In 2012 Diego became a Co-programmer on the annual Urban Encounters symposium at Tate Britain as part of UrbanPhotoFest in partnership with the Centre of Urban and Community Research (CUCR), Goldsmiths University of London and Kingston University.
David Kendall’s practice explores how spatial, economic and design initiatives, as well as participatory practices, combine to encourage social and spatial interconnections or dissonance in cities. He utilises visual archives, mapping and events to generate audio-visual and site-specific artworks. His photographs, spatial research and collaborative projects have been exhibited and presented in museums and institutes around the world, including: The British Library, London, UK, ETNOFILm, Ethnographic Museum of Istria, Rovinj, Croatia, Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Germany, Centro Cultural Manuel Gómez Morín, Querétaro, Mexicó, University of Oxford, UK, Akademin Valand, Göteborg, Sweden and Tate Britain, London, UK. David Kendall is a visiting fellow within the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK and co-curator of ‘The City to Sea Project.’ Furthermore, he is a steering group member of the ‘Urban Photographers’ Association,’ focusing on engagement and participation in urban photographic practice, research and education.
Gill Golding is an urban photographer whose visual research interests lie in the field of post-industrial cities, particularly with an emphasis on regeneration, gentrification, sustainability and more recently, the hyperreal. She employs an immersive walking methodology which reflects her belief that encountering landscapes through an embodied practice creates a unique, dialogic relationship with the environment and encourages a plurality of perspectives to become visible. Since completing an MA in Photography and Urban Cultures from Goldsmiths, University of London, Gill has joined the Board of the International Visual Sociology Association, is Education Director for the Urban Photographers Association, Chair of London Independent Photography, a member of the Steering Group of UrbanPhotoFest and is the Organiser of the International Urban Photography Summer School. Gill is an educationist and former headteacher.