Staff Profiles: Matthew Andrew

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Staff Profile: Matthew Andrew
Academic Course Leader for BA (Hons) Photography

Matthew Andrew

Matthew Andrew

Academic Course Leader for BA (Hons) Photography


Matthew has worked across a number of areas within photography including exhibiting work on gallery walls and working commercially. His work has been exhibited internationally, and published in multiple Journals. Matthew's freelance background is in commercial fashion & advertising photography.


Matthew's work has been exhibited internationally, and published in multiple Journals including PHOTOWORKS and DOTA magazine. He has also written about the photograph and it's relation to Archives and the Internet.

Matthew's current work is titled 'Mimesis'. This work will culminate in a book consisting of multiple chapters which are exhibited as they are produced. He has recently exhibited bodies of this work in the UK, Europe and New York. 

Matthew's freelance background is in commercial fashion & advertising photography. He has worked extensively with international clients including French Connection, Nicole Farhi, YMC and Pantene.

Technically his work spans many genres and mediums including large format hybrid capture and output, contemporary digital capture/ workflow, emerging technologies including 3D scanning, and historical techniques such as wetplate collodion.

Matthew graduated in Photography from The Surrey Institute of Art & Design. He then went on to study an MA in Photography at the London College of Communication (LCC), where he won the prestigious Sproxton Photography Award for his work The Rise & The Fall.

For his degree, Matthew produced the work 'Tautology', consisting of two volumes of a photographic book. The design of the book and the work inside engaged with museum culture and the photograph as a document. One book contained images of Storage aisles. The second book contained images of library stacks. This project represented the start of his ongoing investigations into 'the gap between vision and knowledge' that is a lasting theme in his work.


Award Title Institution Date
BA (Hons) Photography University of the Creative Arts (Formerly Surrey Institute of Art and Design) 2003
MA Photography London College of Communication 2005
PGCE Education University of Suffolk 2008

Membership of professional bodies

The Association of Photographers

The Association of Photography in Higher Education

Teaching and research


I completed a PGCE in 2009 I have taught across several disciplines at both FE and HE level. I have experience of a wide range of processes and educational practices including course leading and validation of photography courses.

I joined the University of Gloucestershire in 2018. I am the Course Leader of BA (Hons) Photography and teach across all three years of the programme.




Current research engages with the photograph as a Document, and ‘the gap between vision and knowledge’. I am currently working on a large scale project titled Mimesis. In addition to this, I am concerned with the student journey between Further Education and Higher Education.

External responsibilities

Subjects for media interviews

Photography, Documentary Photography, Truth, Experimental Image Making

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External examining

I have undertaken a number of Validations as an external advisory member. I am always interested in External opportunities.