Previous Research: Publication: Kerb

The practice of everyday life promotes consensus, routinely establishing and maintaining conventions of subjectivity. It is proposed that periodically the sovereign self shifts outside this convention, which can be seen when gesture becomes unreadable, while this gesture can be photographed the image as a consequence the holds a deliberate ambiguity that can be used to celebrate this unknowable part of human behaviour.

Current Research: Working Title: Water Under Ice.

To be outside subjectivity is not to exist in time, and to slip outside history is to be invisible, in such contexts, actions deemed outside the control of time are valueless. By alluding to the existence of such events, and relationships, the opportunity is created for the images to question perceptions and the impact of controlled historical time, where perversely, the photograph has been a powerful tool in the maintenance of subjectivity. In the act of opposing this, the images celebrate actions and gestures which allude to uncontrolled time as a vital part of our ability to question our relationship to time and subjectivity.


Richard Mulhearn graduated from Manchester School of Art in 1995, his early career as a freelance photographer was predominantly in the music industry, on sleeve artwork and promo images for publication, and then later in film production as part of a design group working on title sequences and photographic stills work. Richard began teaching in Higher education in 2008 and in 2011 began the MA in Photography at London College of Communication, successfully completing late 2012, and has since has been making and exhibiting new work. He has recently been appointed Course leader for BA (Hons) Photography at the University of Huddersfield. Richard is an external examiner at various UK institutions, and a previous member of the executive of the Association for Photography in higher education (APHE). His current research activity concentrates on making new photographic work as part of a practice based PhD at University of Huddersfield.

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