Professor Val Williams is Professor of the History and Culture of Photography at UAL and is Director of the Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) at London College of Communication and an Editor of the Journal of Photography & Culture. She initiated Moose on the Loose in 2013 and is Moose Director and curator of the new iteration of Ken. To be destroyed and edited the ‘Ken’ publication.

Dr Sara Davidmann is a Reader in Photography at UAL and a member of PARC. She completed her PhD at LCC before becoming a Senior Research Fellow, and then Reader. She curated the exhibition Finds for PARC in 2009 and her project Ken: To be destroyed was launched in 2013, became a PARC project in 2014, and was exhibited in Berlin in 2015. In 2015 Sara was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize. Sara is the 2017 Guest Curator of Moose.

Dr Corinne Silva is a post-doc research fellow at PARC. She completed her PhD at LCC and has recently published Garden State, exhibited her work at the Mosaic Rooms in London, and has recently completed a residency in Amman, Jordon. Corinne will be leading the Moose Studio visits and organizing the Masterclass.

Melanie King is studying for her PhD at the Royal College of Art, and is PARC’s Centre Administrator. She is co director of the London Alternative Photography Collective, and, in partnership with the LAPC is convening the Shadows conference, is working with Almudena Romero on the analogue workshops and project managing across the Moose 2017 programme.

Ana Escobar: Moose Resident. Ana has recently graduated from the LCC MA Photography course. The Moose Residency is an opportunity for practitioners and practice-based researchers to engage with a mutually devised programme within Moose, thereafter, with PARC.

Jacqueline Taylor: Moose Resident Jacqui has recently graduated from the LCC MA Photography course. The Moose Residency is an opportunity for practitioners and practice-based researchers to engage with a mutually devised programme within Moose, thereafter, with PARC.

Taking Part

Alexander Cooper has run the letterpress workshop at LCC for the past seven years, teaching students from across the Faculty of Design and external groups including University of Delaware, Art Center College and Kingston University. His research focuses on the interaction between content and process, through pushing the boundaries of letterpress whilst respecting its traditions. Alexander produced the first Moose commission in 2015, Six Arctic Animals and is now working on the second, in response to Ken: To be destroyed.

Robin Christian co-curated the Ken. To be destroyed exhibitions at PARCspace and at the Schwules Museum, Berlin. He was Project Manager at PARC until June 2016 and founded the publishing company Makina later that year. Robin is currently working on the Val Williams Archive website and on his own projects. Until 2016, Robin was PARC Project Manager.

David Moore is a widely published and exhibited photographic practitioner using documentary modes to observe state and social apparatus. His 2013 book publication and touring exhibition’ Pictures from the Real World. Colour Photographs by David Moore 1987-88’ [2013,Dewi Lewis/HerePress] was published to critical acclaim with reviews in Time Magazine, The Guardian, Source Magazine, Photoworks and many others. He is Course Leader of MA Documentary and Photojournalism at University of westminster

Almudena Romero will be leading the analogue workshops with Melanie King and is a visual artist working with a wide range of photographic processes from early printing techniques such as cyanotype, salt printing or wet plate collodion, to new technologies including 3D scanning and printing. Her practice has been exhibited throughout the UK and internationally in galleries and festivals including the Brighton Photo Biennial and PhotoIreland, and has been featured in TimeOut, DUST magazine, Uncertain States and Photomonitor.

Graham Goldwater has worked with PARC across many projects, and with Alexander Cooper had the first Moose Exhibition A Model War in 2013. Graham has collaborated with Sara Davidmann to create and produce the series Archive for Ken. To be destroyed. Graham is a photographer, researcher and Photographic Specialist Technician in the Design School at LCC.

Dr Pratap Rughani‘s practice embraces a range of documentary film and photographic practices. His documentary film practice finds homes in a spectrum of editorial, commissioning and exhibition environments. Much of his early work is in observational broadcast documentary modes, with twenty-five films for BBC 2 and Channel 4. More recent films explore the greater aesthetic freedoms of independent commissions for the British Council, or research-supported projects designed for exhibition in gallery spaces such as Modern Art Oxford. Many explore the dynamics of inter-cultural communication, conceiving documentary as a crucible in which people of radically different perspectives, cultures and politics come into relation, for example with the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of the new South Africa. Pratap is interested in examining and creating newer forms of inter-cultural documentary film cultivating the kinds of pluralized spaces through which newer understandings can evolve. Pratap is a Reader and Course Director of MA Documentary Film at the London College of Communication and with his MA Documentary film group, will be working with Moose 2017 on the curation of the Relative Film Festival.

Max Houghton is Senior Lecturer in Photography at London College of Communication. She became a member of PARC in 2015. She edited the photography biannual, 8 magazine, for six years and now writes regularly about photographs for the international press including FOAM, Black & White Magazine and New Humanist. She is also published by The Telegraph, The Guardian and the BBC. Max is editorial consultant to The Little Black Gallery and Here Press, and an arts selector for Axis-Web. She has conducted public talks and lectures on photography at Sotheby’s Institute, The Frontline Club, LSE and the Royal Institution and curated exhibitions in London, Brighton and New York.

Lewis Bush is a photographer, writer and curator and a member of PARC. He has published a number of monographs and writes Disphotic, a blog about photography and visual culture. He lectures on photography at the London College of Communication. Lewis joined PARC in 2016.

Will Brady designed the original Moose online and print material in 2013, and also designed for Moose 2015. Will now lives and works in New York, and has continued to work closely with Moose and is responsible for 2017 print and website.

Ruth Collingwood is an Academic Support Librarian at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London and has organized the Zines events.

Monica Sajeva is an Academic Support Librarian at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London and has organized the Zines events.

Dr Karen Shepherdson is an artist and Reader in Photography at Canterbury Christ Church University and Director of SEAS Photography (South East Archive of Seaside Photography). Karen is co-curating the Moose on the Road day for Moose 2017 and is also co-curating, with Val Williams, a new exhibition of photography for Turner Contemporary. She lectures internationally at conferences and symposia and has also recently joined the editorial team of the Journal of Photography & Culture.

Students from LCC MA Documentary Film are co curating the Relatives Film Festival.

Dr Wiebke Leister is a German artist and writer living in London. She studied photography at the University in Essen and has a PhD from the Royal College of Art. She is course leader for the MA Photography at London College of Communication and teaching fine art photography at the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld, she has exhibited and published her work internationally, receiving several awards. She is a co-organizer of the Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary Research Hub and a member of (PARC).…/dr-wiebke-leister

Professor Jack Halberstam is Professor of Gender Studies and English at Columbia University. Halberstam is the author of five books including: Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (Duke UP, 1995), Female Masculinity (Duke UP, 1998), In A Queer Time and Place (NYU Press, 2005), The Queer Art of Failure (Duke UP, 2011) and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon Press, 2012) and has written articles that have appeared in numerous journals, magazines and collections. Halberstam has co-edited a number of anthologies including Posthuman Bodies with Ira Livingston (Indiana University Press, 1995) and a special issue of Social Text with Jose Munoz and David Eng titled “What’s Queer About Queer Studies Now?” Jack is a popular speaker and gives lectures around the country and internationally every year. Lecture topics include: queer failure, sex and media, subcultures, visual culture, gender variance, popular film, animation. Halberstam is currently working on several projects including a book titled WILD THING on queer anarchy, performance and protest culture, the visual representation of anarchy and the intersections between animality, the human and the environment.

Moose Thanks

Julius Jokikokko
Lily Waite
Sina Shamsavari
LCC Public Programmes
Holly McConnell
Ned Alderwick
Kelly Bryson
Wil Wilary-Attew
Gill Henderson
Rosemary Cronin
Borg Vogeler
Rachel Pimm
Gill Henderson
Bethan Williams
UAL Dean of Students
Zorian Clayton
Dawn Hoskin
V&A LGBTQ Working Group
And all the other friends and colleagues, within PARC, UAL and externally, who have advised and assisted.