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Wendy McMurdo - OCA Photography Tutor

Wendy McMurdo

I have worked with photography, digital techniques and film since graduating with an MA from Goldsmiths College, London in the mid 1990s. As an undergraduate student, I studied painting but quickly began to work with the photography as a means by which to explore ideas and views on the digital world that might otherwise be difficult to put into words.

In my work, I have been particularly interested in the ways that the computer and digital technologies have shaped our lives over the last two decades. I have produced several film and photography projects that have explored this theme. I often look at the impact of digital technologies on young people and have exhibited and published widely in regards to the representation of childhood. I often take images found close to home and use these in conjunction with digital montage techniques and film to express ideas that might have a larger, more universal aspect. I am particularly interested in the powerful impact of digital culture on photography itself.

In addition to significant experience as a lecturer within the HE sector, I have held several senior research fellowships, including Henry Moore and Leverhulme Fellowship positions. I have worked on a variety of major commissions, including projects for The Science Museum, London, The Photographers Gallery, The Scottish National Portrait Gallery and others. In 2015, I was awarded a PhD by publication by the University of Westminster for my own work exploring the representation of childhood in photography and the digital age. My work has been included in several major anthologies of contemporary photography and I exhibit my work on a regular basis both in the UK and abroad. In my professional practice, I advise and mentor a number of organizations working with emerging artists and enjoy working with those taking their first steps into this exciting medium.




Selected Bibliography:

  • 2012: Wendy McMurdo – ‘Digital Play’ – Interview and portfolio for Source–photographic review, Spring 2012, Issue 70
  • 2010: ‘About 10’ EXIT, Imagen & Cultura Issue #40, Rosa Olivares & Assoc, S.L. Madrid
  • 2010: The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Electronic Age – Sylvia Wolf, Prestel. New York.
  • 2009 ‘The Skater’ Wendy McMurdo. Publisher; Ffotogallery, 2009.
  • 2000: Creative Camera – 30 years of writing. Ed. David Brittain. Manchester University Press, ISBN 0-7910-5805-8. 300pp. 
Co-authored chapter with Sheila Lawson.
  • 2000: Wendy McMurdo Centro de Fotografia, Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca, Spain ISBN 84-7481 996 2

Selected Solo/Group exhibitions and screenings:

  • 2017: Let’s Go to a Place, Museum of Childhood, Visual Arts Festival, Edinburgh July 5th -Aug 31st
  • 2017: Regarding Portraiture: Wendy McMurdo  / Louis Porter / Corinne Vionnet / Georgia Metaxas / Oliver Schmidt / Gabriella Sancisi. Galerie Andreas Schmidt, Berlin. 6th May – 15th July
  • 2017: ‘Gravitas‘ curated by Christiane Monarchi for Photo50, London Art Fair, Islington.
  • 2016: The Scottish Endarkenment: Art and Unreason 1945 to Present – curated by Andrew Patrizio & Bill Hare, The Dovecot Gallery, Edinburgh.
  • 2015: Origins – new photography in the UK & India, The British Council, New Delhi. 2015: Data Rush – Noorderlicht Photofestival, Aug-Oct. Groningen, Netherlands. 2015: Portraits from an Island – curated by Anna Fox, Goa Photography Festival, India.
  • 2014: ‘How We Learn’ – Wendy Ewald, Julian Germain, Wendy McMurdo, James Russell Cant & Marysa Dowling. Belfast Exposed, Ireland.
  • 2013: Wendy McMurdo – screening of The Loop/Olympia, Tin Shed Gallery, Ben Pimlott Building, Goldsmiths College, University of London.
  • 2012-13: Bloomberg Contemporaries Film Salon, Nov – Jan 2012, ICA, London, UK
  • 2012: The World in London large-scale site-specific Olympic portrait project, conceived by The Photographers’ Gallery, London.
  • 2012: Still Moving – RCA Hackney Picture House, London. 
A selection of artists’ films from the 1960s to the present day, investigating the body’s relationship to technology and the physicality of human nature.
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