Mervyn Arthur

Research Fellow

Camberwell College of Arts

Biography

Mervyn Arthur studied BA Fine Art at Trent Polytechnic and MA Photography at the University of Westminster. He is currently Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Photography course at Camberwell where he has taught since 1997. He has shown work in various group shows in the UK and abroad. In 2009 his work was featured in Eastinternational where he exhibited the series Camera Interiors. In 2011 he participated in the CCW Photographic Practices group show Scope: New Photographic Practices in Beijing, China. 

A portfolio of photographs was published in Philosophy of Photography in 2012 and in 2008 his work was featured in SOURCE magazine.

Research interests

Photography, architecture of the photographic process and the idea of virtual and illusionary expanses existing within simple technological structures.

Research statement

I am interested in the architecture of the photographic process and the idea of virtual and illusionary expanses existing within simple technological structures.

Recent projects have included photographing the interior chamber of box cameras and the construction of skewed architectural models. Using a methodology usually associated with advertising I am currently exploring how product packaging can be transformed into sculptural arrangements which are further abstracted through photography. Underlying this interest in the relationship of real objects to illusionary images is the possibility that whilst the photographic process is connected to the world’s surface and capable of pointing things out, it resists the real subject of our gaze.