Edward Thompson

Senior Lecturer Photography, UCA Rochester

Academic, School of Fine Art | Photography and Visual Communication

Ed is a senior lecturer at UCA Rochester. For fifteen years he has worked as a professional photographer on over 1,000 assignments for some of the world’s leading magazines and organisations including National Geographic Magazine, GQ, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine, BBC, CNN and Bill Gates.

His own personal photographic projects have been exhibited at Christies, Somerset House and Four Corners Gallery (London) and shown as part of international photography festivals in Arles (France), Tampere (Finland),   Centro Internazionale di Cultura Fotografica (Italy), Zingst (Germany) & London (U.K) 

He has lectured on photography at the V&A Museum, The Photographers Gallery, The Bishopsgate Institute, L.C.C, The University of Falmouth, The University of Northampton and The University of East London. He’s spoken regularly about photography on television, radio and online, including on Al Jazeera News and the BBC World Service. In 2016 he published The Unseen: An Atlas of Infrared Plates. In 2012 he crowdfunded and self-published his first photography book Occupy London. 


The School of Fine Art & Photography website

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

Awards, Grants and Commissions:

  • Saatchi Art ‘One to Watch’.
  • Arts Council England funding for The Unseen: An Atlas of Infrared Plates
  • Fotodok (NL) Grant for The Rise of Populism Project
  • Sony World Photo Award Finalist
  • Magenta Flash Forward Honourable Mention
  • Fuji Film Distinction Award

Research Outputs

Key outputs on UCARO:

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