Liz Wells (born London, lives Devon) writes and lectures on photographic practices. She has a particular interest in land and environment as explored through photographic and other media. Her monograph, Land Matters, (I B Tauris, 2011) investigates ways in which photographers engage with issues about land, its representation and idealisation, demonstrating how the visual interpretation of land as landscape reflects and reinforces contemporary political, social and environmental attitudes. Through reference to art historical debates and through critical appraisal of key examples of work by photographers working in, for example, the USA, in Europe, Scandinavia and Baltic areas, she asks what is at stake in landscape photography now. She has curated a number of exhibitions on land, landscape, environment, exploring questions of representation and also what art can contribute within current debates on environmental trauma, climate change and the post-industrial sublime.
She is also author of a number of publications intended to engage historical, theoretical and critical debates. The fifth edition of her co-written book, Photography, A Critical Introduction, has been commissioned for 2014 publication. A Chinese version was published in early 2013. She co-edits the journal, photographies (Routledge) and is an elected member of the Society for Photographic Education Board of Directors.
Issues associated with social and environmental change transcend both national geographic boundaries and those between academic disciplines. As a member of the research executive for the Media, Art and Design research centre at Plymouth University, and as convener of the research group for Land/Water and the Visual Arts, she is centrally interested in international research collaborations for environmental investigation.
The Creative Lecture Series is co-ordinated by Sophie Gerrard, lecturer in Photography. This is an excellent opportunity to hear from an award winning internationally successful photographic writer.
The event will take place within room F12 at our Merchiston campus. All students, staff and members of the public are welcome.