Staff profile

Liza Dracup

Dr Liza Dracup

Senior Lecturer

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Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sunderland

    Photographic Strategies for visualising the landscapes and natural histories of Northern England

    - 2017

Research interests

Liza Dracup is based in the north of England. Her photographic research and collections-based investigations have underpinned her PhD at the University of Sunderland: Photographic strategies for visualising the landscape and natural history of Northern England: the ordinary and the extraordinary (2017). Her work questions how photography made in response to specific (northern) 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.


Her research tests out strategies that capitalise on the transformational qualities of photography. She engages with experimental photographic strategies, which present us with paradoxes that extend beyond human vision. Her photographs place 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.


Her wider research loop extends to re-positioning a wide range of historical collections based research material across photographic, artistic and science disciplines. This research trajectory continues an on-going photographic examination of the broader cultural value of the ordinary and the local. Her work has been nationally and internationally recognised through nominations for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2012) and the Prix Pictet (2009).