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Dr Christopher Stewart

Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Photojournalism Documentary Photography and MA Photojournalism Documentary Photography
London College of Communication
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Christopher  Stewart


Christopher Stewart is an artist and writer who teaches part-time at London College of Communication and who coordinates the Contemporary Documentary 1 and 2 units on BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography and tutors into MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography.

Christopher is the recipient of numerous research awards for his work on the parameters of secrecy, transparency and the apparatus of visualising systems from those of surveillance and border technologies to the limits of opacity in relationship to the human body. His photographic and moving image work is also concerned with ideas of rehearsal and anticipation.

From February 2020 he is working as part of a collaborative team that includes researchers from the Royal College of Art and the Wellcome Sanger Genome Campus in Cambridge, on the Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Award that will explore visually the philosophical, ethical and cultural implications of this global endeavour to map the human body. Previous awards include an Australian Postgraduate Award for the completion of his curatorial PhD between 2012 – 2015 which culminated in the 2015 exhibition and book Staging Disorder; an Australia Council Visual Arts Award in 2016; an Arts Council of England Visual Arts Award; and a UK Arts and Humanities Research Award that resulted in the work Super Border that examined the construction of the first leg of the Integrated External Vigilance System along the Andalusian coast on the southern border of Europe.

Christopher has exhibited widely including at the Whitechapel Gallery in London, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art in Norwich, The National Museum of Photography, Film & Television in Bradford, Open Eye in Liverpool and Fotomuseum in Winterthur, Switzerland. He is represented by the London gallery Gimpel Fils and has shown his work at Frieze London, the Armory Show in New York and at ARCO in Madrid.

Christopher's work is held in public and private collections including the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Martin Z. Margulies collection in Miami. His curatorial projects include Staging Disorder, including an accompanying publication (both with Dr. Esther Teichmann) for the University of the Arts London and Infraliminal for Stills Gallery in Edinburgh. His work is featured in important published surveys including Thames and Hudson’s World of Art series, The Photograph as Contemporary Art, 100 European Photographers, EXIT, Madrid and the Focal Press publication Langford’s Basic Photography.

Christopher studied photography at undergraduate level at both the Polytechnic of Central London and West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farnham and completed his MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art in London. He holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales Faculty of Art and Design in Sydney.

From 2016 – 2020 Christopher was Programme Director of Photography at London College of Communication and has also held academic roles in other universities including as Associate Professor of Photography at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and the University of Technology Sydney between 2008 and 2016 and was the inaugural Programme Director of Photography, Moving Image and Sound at the University of Brighton where he was also Principal Lecturer and Course Director of MA Photography from 2004 - 2008.

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View the BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography course page.

View the MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (Full-Time) course page.