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Dr Liza Dracup: Senior Lecturer in Photography in the School of Arts and Communication. My wider research loop continues to intersect professional and academic contexts and extends to re-positioning a wide range of historical collections-based research material across photographic, artistic and science disciplines. My experimental photographic practice continues to underpin my academic research, in the successful completion of my practice-based doctorate, exploring: Photographic strategies for visualising the landscape and natural history of Northern England: the ordinary and the extraordinary (2017).

My work has been recognised through international award nominations for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2012) and the Prix Pictet (2009).

My practice-based research questions how photography, made in response to specific landscapes and natural histories, can operate within the field of landscape aesthetics and align with the wider cultural debates about the value of the ‘local’ from an environmental and personal perspective. My practice investigates strategies that capitalise on the transformational qualities of photography, which in turn present us with paradoxes that extend beyond human vision. 

My current enquiry focuses on and places emphasis on the extraordinary properties of the ordinary and reveal hidden or unseen aspects, leading to a more informed, comprehensive and enriched idea of the northern landscape and its natural history. This research trajectory continues to be enriched by on-going photographic examination and research associated and relating to of the broader cultural value of the ordinary and the local. 




Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Photographic Strategies for visualising the landscapes and natural histories of Northern England, University of Sunderland

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  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR

REF 2029 UOA

  • UOA33 - Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies


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  • Total recall: myth and memory

    Dracup, L., Nickols, J., Barker, S., Bird, K., McKnight, J., Walker, K., Zhang, H. Z., Atkinson Grimshaw, J. & Walker, C., 13 Jul 2023

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

  • SelfScapes

    Sperryn-Jones, J., Adams, M., Kolaiti, C., Young, P. & Dracup, L., Apr 2021

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

  • Showcase (in support of Northern artists) Dean Clough, Halifax

    Dracup, L. & Allen, V., Jul 2021

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

  • Approaching photography

    Hill, P., Taylor, R. & Dracup, L., 16 Dec 2020, 3rd ed. London: Routledge. 192 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookpeer-review

  • Modelling the animal

    Meecham, C., Dracup, L., Wright, T., Mellor Meecham, C., Darwell, J. & Mellor, K., 15 Feb 2020

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition