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Katrina Whitehead - The Open College of the Arts
To find out more details about the transfer to The Open University see A New Chapter for OCA.

Katrina Whitehead

As a Contemporary Photographic Artist, I am studying a PhD in Practice on crime culture within the context of photo-novels, which blur the boundaries between truth and fiction.

Photography has been at the core of my research and practice for over 30 years, from studying it at night school, converting my bedroom into a darkroom and spending long hours developing negatives.

I studied art, printmaking, sculpture and photography at art college, graduating with a BA (Hons.) in Fine Art at the University of Leeds and a Masters in Printmaking from Bradford College of Art.

News stories relating to missing people and unsolved local murders, inspired much of my undergraduate show installation ‘Frozen in Time’, exhibited at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

For the Masters in Printmaking, my practice involved both analogue techniques combined with digital photography and I specialised in photographic silk screen prints and etchings reflecting environmental issues and celebrity culture. After being inspired by the writer and artist Graham Rawle, I studied the practice of making artists’ books, self-published photo books and more recently memory boxes and photo diaries.

I have been teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students since 2007, gaining a PGCE and Fellowship in the Higher Education Academy. I am a member of the British Institute of Professional Photography and former Chair. of BIPP (Yorkshire).

I have exhibited internationally and spoken at conferences including a regular contributor and participant at the Psychogeography Congress, inspired by archival research into my family tree.

I welcome students interested in any of the above areas of research.


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