Projects at the Bristol Photography Research Group

Find out about our projects.

Whole School Self Portraits in vernacular and YouTube aesthetics

Year: 2016

Partners: Hannah More School and Centre for Moving Image Research

UWE Bristol Research Leave

Project Manager: Dr Shawn Sobers

Photographers/filmmakers UWE Bristol Photography BA students:

  • Courtney Barnes
  • Jack Dowling
  • Lucy Durling
  • India Farman
  • Becky Hardy
  • Ella Harris
  • Karina Jacenko
  • Joelle Sayles

Project Description: Exploring how a school community choose to be represented, using music and video to overtly and covertly communicate key messages to the wider community.

Hometown Heroes

Year: 2012- present
Partners: Bristol Metropolitan Academy, Broadlands Academy, Worle Community School, Backwell School, Downend School, and Bridge Learning Campus
Funder: The Prince’s Trust

Project Manager: Amanda Harman

Photographer: UWE Bristol Photography students

Project Description: Working with local schools, using photography to explore people that have inspired the lives of the young people.

Hidden Presence

Year: 2013-2016

Partners: Ffotogallery, Chepstow Museum, Pound Arts, Photo-Sensitive, Barnardos, Bath Records Office, Bath Black Families Support Group, Firstborn Creatives, Centre for Moving image Research, Cardiff Council, Monmouthshire Council, B&NES, Wiltshire Council, East Tytherton Heritage Project, Chippenham Museum & Heritage Centre.

Funder: Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council of Wales, Wiltshire Council, and PLaCE UWE Bristol.

Project Manager for UWE Bristol: Dr Shawn Sobers


  • Penney Ellis
  • Julian Germain
  • Eva Sajovic
  • Dr Shawn Sobers

Project Description: A creative research project exploring the presence of Black people in Britain before the 20th Century, over numerous geographic locations.

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Open for Business

Year: 2015

Partners: Bristol Museums & Art Gallery and Magnum Photos

Funder: Lloyds LDC and UWE Bristol

Project Manager for UWE Bristol: Jim Campbell

Photographer: UWE Bristol Photography BA Students

Project Description: Producing images to fill gaps in the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery archives, in the category of documenting significant local businesses.

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Garden Stores, Hidden Labour

Year: 2014

Partners: Tyntesfield House, National Trust

Project Manager: Amanda Harman

Photographer: Amanda Harman

Project Description: This series of unintended or ‘accidental’ still lives seeks to make visible the unseen and often unsung work of the gardeners, by revealing small signs of the day-to-day. These observations seek to embody the gardener’s labours and reveal the hidden stories of the work and life of the gardens, and those who tend them.

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Out of the mouth of babes

Year: 2015

Partners: Hannah More School

Funder: UWE Bristol Research Leave

Project Manager: Dr Shawn Sobers

Photographers: UWE Bristol Photography BA students;

  • Jade Spurling
  • Sharma Everson
  • David Gilmore
  • Lilia Manninen
  • Taya Portlock
  • JoeYouens
  • Katie Dinnage

Project Description: Commissioned by Hannah More School to document a week-long off-curriculum special project which involved every child in the school. In addition to photographing the week, we interviewed the children to investigate the immediate impact the week had on the children.

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Santa Muerte

Year: 2015

Partners: The Photographers Gallery, Trolley Books, and Victoria Forrest

Funder: Bar Tur Photobook Award

Project Manager: Angus Fraser

Photographer: Angus Fraser

Project Description: Exploring modern day practices and iconography of the Santa Muerte religion in Mexico - a way of life that has been denounced as satanic by the Mexican Catholic Church.

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Walking Interconnections

Year: 2013-2014

Partners: Bristol University Norah Fry Research Centre, University of Glasgow, UWE Bristol – Visual Culture Research Group, Sustainability Practitioners Networks and WECIL Peer Support Group.

Funder: AHRC Connected Communities

Project Manager for UWE Bristol: Dr Shawn Sobers

Photographers: Members of the WECIL Peer Support Group and sustainability practitioners;

  • Anais Leger
  • Julie Whittaker
  • Andrew Whittaker
  • Liz Crow
  • Rosalind J. Turner
  • Tom Henfrey
  • Dale Durrant
  • Raheela Raza-Syed
  • Paul Noone

Project Description: Using participatory photography, mapmaking and audio to explore the lived experience of walking and the environment for disabled people.

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The Chaos of Memory

Year: 2013

Partners: Bristol Museums & Art Gallery

Project Manager: Nick Bright

Photographer: Nick Bright

Project Description: Working with Bristol Museum & Art Gallery to document their store rooms and behind the scenes spaces.

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