Joanna Lowry is an academic with research interests in the impact of photographic technologies upon late twentieth century and contemporary art practices.
Her work looks at the way in which technologies have contributed to changing ideas about the nature of the photographic image. She is leader of the Photography MA and the Photography, Moving Image and Sound programme,
Leader of the PMIS programme, Joanna Lowry’s research interests revolve around the impact of photographic technologies upon late twentieth century and contemporary art practices, but also upon the way in which those practices have contributed to changing ideas about the nature of the photographic image.
Joanna Lowry is a theorist who writes on contemporary photography, video and fine art. Much of her writing has taken the form of critical reviews and catalogue essays in journals such as Creative Camera, Portfolio, and Photoworks, and through these she has engaged with the developing emergence of photography as a key form of practice in the contemporary art world. She is course leader for the MA Photography.
Joanna Lowry’s research interests revolve around the impact of photographic technologies upon late twentieth century and contemporary art practices, but also upon the way in which those practices have contributed to changing ideas about the nature of the photographic image.
This has involved exploring the fundamental philosophical and cultural implications of lens based technologies for the way in which we understand the self, subjectivity and space, ideas about presence and performativity, the aesthetics of the everyday, and our relationship to pictorial space and the tableau. Underpinning all these different interests is a fundamental suspicion that in order to understand contemporary photographic picture making we need to move beyond the semiotic analysis of the image, and consider instead how different lens based technologies might produce alternative forms of meaningful encounter with the object.
Joanna originally studied for her BA in Social Anthropology, completing an MA in History of Art at the University of Sussex in 1990. From 1993 – 2009 she lectured at Kent Institute of Art and Design, (later to become the University of the Creative Arts), where amongst other things she played a key role in the development of practice based research degrees, and coordinated a Still and Moving Image Research Group.
In 2009 she moved to the University of Brighton as Academic Programme Leader for Photography Moving Image and Sound and to become the Course Leader for the MA Photography. Her academic essays have appeared in a number of significant collections and, in partnership with David Green, she has been responsible for the development of theoretical debate around photography and fine art through the organization of a series of international conferences and related publications. In 2009 she co-curated, with Green, an exhibition at the Antwerp FotoMuseum called 'Theatres of the Real,' exploring ideas about the influence of staged photography on documentary practices in Britain today.
Lowry, Joanna (2011) Projecting symptoms In: Trodd, Tamara, ed. Screen Space: the projected image in contemporary art. Manchester University Press, Manchester and New York, pp. 93-110. ISBN 9780719084638
Lowry, Joanna (2006) Putting painting in the picture ( photographically) Journal of Visual art Practice, 5 (3). pp. 215-227.
Lowry, Joanna (2006) Portraits, Still Video Portraits and the Account of the Soul In: Lowry, Joanna and Green, David, eds. Stillness and Time:Photography and the Moving Image. Photoworks/Photoforum, Brighton UK, pp. 65-78. ISBN 1903796180
Completions: four students
Current Supervisions: one student
Examined: one student
Independent Chair, examination panel: two students