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Dr Neil Matheson is an art historian specialising in surrealism, contemporary art and photography. Following doctoral research in surrealism and masculinity he has published widely on photography, surrealism and contemporary art, including a major sourcebook, 'The Sources of Surrealism'.

More recently he was involved in the AHRC funded project 'Spiritualism and Technology', one outcome of which was the book 'The Machine and the Ghost' (MUP, 2013). He has also published on Magritte, Neo Rauch, spririt photography, the photographic work of Paul McCarthy and the wartime photography of Cecil Beaton. He also collaborated on the production of the catalogue for the major Magritte retrospective held at Tate Liverpool in 2011. His latest book, 'Surrealism and the Gothic: Castles of the Interior', is published by Routledge in 2017.


Neil Matheson teaches on several modules on the BA Photography programme, including teaching on: Photography from the Cold War to the Present, Technologies of Vision, and Contemporary Theories. He is also module leader of the Dissertation module.

At postgraduate level he teaches on the MA Photography Arts, contributing to the Contemporary Debates and Theories of the Image modules. He also supervises doctoral candidates in areas of research interest, with one completion on surrealist photography in Japan. Currently available for doctoral research candidates.


Current Research Interests:

  • contemporary art and photography;
  • surrealism and the gothic;
  • spiritualism and technology.

Research Group Member of CREAM and the Group for War and Cultural Studies.

Collaborations and Grants Collaboration on AHRC funded project 'Spiritualism and Technology', as part of Beyond Text programme.

Doctoral Researchers Supervised 'Out of Sight: Surrealism and Photography in 1930s Japan' - completed December 2013.


For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.