Professor Julian Rodriguez

School: School of Art and Architecture
Position: Associate Professor and Head of Department of Filmmaking and Photography


Julian Rodriguez is Head of Department for Filmmaking and Photography. He graduated in photography, film and television from the London College of Printing (LCP) and holds an MA in History of Design. He has led media departments and media schools at the London College of Printing, London College of Communication and Falmouth University. In 2007, he was instrumental in bringing the Stanley Kubrick Archive, 1000 boxes of film production materials, to the University of the Arts London. He has experience both as a curator and managing galleries, and is currently a company director at Impressions Gallery (Bradford) and a trustee at Photoworks (Brighton). Other current responsibilities include nominator for the Prix Pictet global sustainability photography prize and serving as an advisory board member at the Rory Peck Trust - the only organisation dedicated to the support, safety and welfare of freelance newsgatherers around the world.

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Research expertise

Research interests include the growing influence photography has on contemporary art and culture and the capacity for photographic documentation to shed more light on history.

Current projects include developing an exhibition and book on London's Soho with The Photographers' Gallery London and working on photo book projects with Taschen (New York) as a writer.

Selected Outputs

Tales from the City of Gold, Photographs by Jason Larkin, Text: Julian Rodriguez & Mara Kardas-Nelson. Published by Kehrer, Heidelberg, 2013.

Shifting Sands, Photographs by Guy Martin, curated by Julian Rodriguez and Mal Stone. Exhibited at The Poly Falmouth (2012) and published by Falmouth Press (2012).

Roman Vishniac. Photographs by Roman Vishniac, Text: Julian Rodriguez. Published by Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, 1998.

Research supervision

PhD completions:

Sophie Beard, PhD (2010): We Seem to Know You: The family photograph in the British Newspaper 1986-2005 (as Director of Studies).

Sara Davidmann, PhD (2007): The reflected image and the presentation of the self: a Photographic study of transsexual transformation in sex changers (as Director of Studies).

John Tran, PhD (2006):
Responses to the scopic regimes of Taisho and pre-war Showa photography (as Second Supervisor).

Teaching areas & responsibilities

PhD Supervisor
MA Photography
BA (Hons) Photography

PhD Director of Studies
BA (Hons) Press & Editorial Photography
BA (Hons) Photography
MA Photography

Professional activity

  • 2016Wales Creative Skillset Committee Member
  • 2016CBI Creative Industries Round Table
  • 2016Current external examiner: MFA Photography, The University for the Creative Arts
  • 2016Current external examiner: BA (Hons) Photojournalism & Documentary Photography, University of Gloucestershire
  • 2016Current external examiner: MA Documentary (Film), University of Bedfordshi
  • 2013Clore Governance Leadership Programme
  • 2008 - 2010Member of the Research Directors Group, University of the Arts London
  • 2007 - 2010Member of the Research Standards & Development Committee, University of the Arts London

Educational and professional qualifications

  • 2003Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • 1991MA History of Design Middlesex University
  • 1981Post Graduate Certificate in Art & Design Education
  • 1979Higher Creative Diploma in Photography, Film and Television London College of Printing
  • 1979Institute of Incorporated Photographers Professional Qualifying Examination (IIP PQE)
  • 1976Foundation Diploma in Art & Design Barnet College


Currently a Trustee at Photoworks incorporating The Brighton Photo Biennial.

Currently a Trustee at Impressions Gallery, Bradford.

2013-15, Journal Referee: Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education, published by Glasgow School of Art & Intellect Books.

2013, Judge, Sony Impact Award, honouring the work of freelance cameramen and camerawomen in news and current affairs.

2008-2010, Chair and Lead Academic: Knowledge Transfer Partnership with The Press Association (London) and The London College of Communication on the Future of News and News Playability.

2001-2009, London Correspondent for Photographic District News, New York.

1990-1999, Columnist and features writer for The British Journal of Photography.

Research groups & programmes