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A multi-disciplinary background provides the foundation for Lucy Soutter’s teaching and writing. After concentrating in Visual and Environmental Studies and English at Harvard College, Lucy received an MFA in Photography from the California Institute of the Arts. Her Yale University PhD thesis in the History of Art, The Visual Idea, examined the uses of photography by first generation conceptual artists. Based in London since 2000, Lucy has taught at The London College of Communication, The Sotheby’s Institute and the Royal College of Art. She joined the University of Westminster in 2016.


Lucy’s research focuses on questions of value and meaning in contemporary art and photography. She has written art criticism for publications including Afterimage, Aperture, Source, Frieze and Art India. Her book Why Art Photography? was published by Routledge in 2013 and has been translated into Spanish and Chinese. The chapters follow her key research interests in relation to ambiguity, objectivity, fiction, authenticity, the digital and photography’s expanded field. Lucy is available to supervise PhD students in these and related areas. She is currently exploring further research into “expanded photography,” contemporary photography’s overlap with other contemporary art forms and activities.