Edward Dimsdale

Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Cambridge School of Art

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Fine art , Photography

Edward Dimsdale is a photographic artist, writer on photography and contemporary art, and Senior Lecturer in contextual and theoretical studies for the Cambridge School of Art.



After studying social sciences at the University of Bristol, Edward trained as a photographic printer, eventually exhibiting his own work with HackleBury Fine Art in London, and Gallery 339 in Philadelphia. He also spent ten years working at The Photographer’ Gallery in London. He holds an MA in Printmaking from The Cambridge School of Art, developing contemporary resonances for photogravure. Before coming to the Cambridge School of Art, Edward was a Senior Lecturer in Photography Theory at the London College of Communication.

Spoken Languages

  • English 
  • French

Research interests

  • Inter-relations between photography and contexts of theatrical performance
  • Photography and the contemporary imaginary
  • The photo-book
  • Contemporary applications of photogravure
  • ‘Provoke’ era Japanese photography
  • Art and Alfred Jarry’s ‘Ubu’
  • Art, technology and individuation
  • Speculative Aesthetics 


  • Module Tutor for first year Fine Art Contextual Studies modules: Fine Art in Contexts and Images Today
  • Module Leader for second-year optional module: Text and Image
  • Module Leader for second year cross-school contextual studies module: Debates and Practices
  • Module Leader for final year cross-school dissertation module: Research Project
  • Responsibility for delivery of critical studies seminars to MA Fine Art, MA Photography and MA Printmaking students
  • Responsibility of Masters Dissertation supervision to MA Fine Art, MA Photography and MA Printmaking students


  • MA Printmaking (Distinction), Cambridge School of Art (July 2008)
  • BSc (Hons) Human Geography, University of Bristol (July 1987)
  • ­­­­­­PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning, CLTAD, UAL (2011)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (2011)

Selected recent publications

Regular contributor of essays to HOTSHOE:

  • Stephen Gill’s “Hackney Kisses” (Issue 190, 2014)
  • Nobuyoshi Araki’s “Marvellous Tales of Black Ink” (Issue 191, 2015)
  • Conor Clarke’s “Scenic Potential” (Issue 192, 2015)
  • Edward Butynsky’s “Water” (Issue 193, 2015)
  • Matthew Brandt’s “Pictures From Wai’anae” (Issue 194, 2015)
  • Miho Kajioka’s “And, Where Did The Peacocks Go?” (Issue 195, 2016)
  • Anne Erhard’s “From The Trees We Run Between” (Issue 196, 2016)
  • Zabludowicz Collection’s “You Are Looking At Something That Never Occurred” (Issue 197, 2017)

Recent presentations and conferences

“Because This Is Not Heaven: Major Implications of Minor Imperfections” The Skin Of The Image symposium, London College of Communication (2015)

“Just What Is It With All This Funny Stuff?” Laughing My Art Off Symposium, London College of Communication (2014)

“The Alphabet of Spiritual and Bodily Pain”, Moose on the Loose Research Biennale Event, LCC (2013)

Recent exhibitions

LCC MAP, Alumni and Staff Group Show, Geddes Gallery, Caledonian Road, London (March 2016)

Photography and The Contemporary Imaginary 2015 Research Hub
Exhibition, Nursery Gallery, LCC
It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, Gallery 339 closing exhibition

Model Love Rekindled*, ACTS/REACTS Festival, Wimbledon Space, London
Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary 2014 Research Hub Annual Exhibition, Nursery Gallery, LCC
Summer, Gallery 339, Philadelphia, USA

Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary 2013 Research Hub Annual Exhibition, Well Gallery, LCC

Do The Wild Thing Redux, Arnolfini, (AHRC funded collaboration with Bodies In Flight)
Viewfinder, Avenue Gallery, Northampton University (group exhibition and catalogue)
Viewfinder, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge School of Art (group exhibition and catalogue)

Viewfinder, Monash University, Australia (group exhibition and catalogue)
Viewfinder, Artspace H, Seoul, South Korea (group exhibition and catalogue)

Model Love, Wickham Theatre, Bristol University (collaboration with Bodies In Flight)
Aghulas*, Gallery 339, Philadelphia, USA

Picturing Eden, Herbert Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Picturing Eden, The Ringling Museum, Florida
Agulhas*, Gallery 339, Philadelphia
AIPAD, New York Armory
Model Love*, Deda, Derby (collaboration with Bodies In Flight)
Model Love*, Ustinov Studio, Bath (collaboration with Bodies In Flight)

Uncertain Insistence*, Arnolfini, Bristol (artist’s book showcase)
Model Love*, Arnolfini, Bristol (collaboration with Bodies In Flight)
Model Love*, Alsager Arts Centre (collaboration with Bodies In Flight)
Model Love*, BAC, London, durational installation version
Photo Vernissage, Manege Exhibition Hall, St. Petersberg, Russia
A Delicate Balance*, MADE, Birmingham
Free Range, Truman Brewery, London
Picturing Eden, The Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas
Picturing Eden, Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Utica, New York

Agulhas*, HackelBury, London
Select Photogravures*, Ralph Lauren (London, New York, Chicago and Beverly Hills Ralph Lauren flagship stores)
Photo LA, Los Angeles
Art Chicago, Chicago
AIPAD Miami, Miami
AIPAD, New York Armory
Picturing Eden, Museum of Photographic Art, San Diego
Picturing Eden, Iowa University Museum of Art, Iowa

Picturing Eden, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
Fifteen Photographers, Gallery 339, Philadelphia
Photography Now, HackelBury (with Doug + Mike Starn, Garry Fabian Miller)
Unfinished Business, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge
Edward Dimsdale, Wimpole Art Gallery, Cambridgeshire
Photo Miami, Miami

Media experience

Sky Arts Channel – interviewed for Arnold Newman exhibition, HackelBury Fine Art (2004)