About me

Dr. Paula Gortázar is a photography researcher, artist and lecturer. She was warded her PhD from the University of Westminster, specialising in Eastern and Central European photography from the communist period. Her research has been published in different journals, including Photography and Culture and Fotocinema. Paula’s artistic practice explores the relation between art and politics. She is particularly interested in the aesthetics of ‘the political’, as well as in contemporary forms of censorship and surveillance in the Western world. Her work has been widely exhibited in Canada, the USA, Germany, the UK and Spain, including venues like The Photographers’ Gallery, and published in different international media, such as the British Journal of Photography. Paula lectures across different undergraduate and postgraduate photography courses at the Westminster School of Arts.


BA Photography

MA Documentary Photography and Photojournalism 



Gortázar, P. 2019. ‘Subjective Documentary Photography in ‘‘Normalised’’ Czechoslovakia (1968-89). Decoding Vladimír Birgus’ Work’. Fotocinema 19: 101-123.http://dx.doi.org/10.24310/Fotocinema.2019.v2i19.6647

Gortázar, P. 2019. ‘Toward an Emancipation of Photographic Vision: “Visualism” Under Czechoslovakian “Normalization” (1968–89)’. Photography and Culture 12 (2): 151-170. https://doi.org/10.1080/17514517.2019.1596598


‘Seeing Right: Amblyopia and The Optical Image’. In Fotocinema n.19, 2019. http://dx.doi.org/10.24310/Fotocinema.2019.v2i19