MAX HOUGHTON

PROFILE 

Max Houghton has been writing on, for, with and about photographs since 2001, specialising in contemporary documentary photography. In 2015, Max organised three symposia, on Women and Wit in Photography at London College of Communication, Beyond the Visual Landscape at Southbank Club, Bristol and Autonomy of Self, Contemporary Conflict in Post-Ottoman States at Swedenborg Hall. Max Houghton judged the Firecracker Awards, and was named among the top 50 industry professionals by Featureshoot. Max has a book review in the current issue of 1000 Words and a feature in the forthcoming issue of Photoworks. She also reviewed the Rencontres d’Arles Photo Festival for The Daily Telegraph. Max has secured her first book contract with Thames and Hudson for Firecrackers: Women in Photography. Max is a senior lecturer in photography at London College of Communication.

EXPERIENCE WRITING 2001-PRESENT

After qualifying as a journalist, Max worked as a researcher for The Guardian and wrote for the Big Issue in the North. Max first wrote about photographs of the effects of Agent Orange in 2001 for foto.com, eventually becoming its feature editor and then editor. Max has published articles regularly in FOAM, The Telegraph, Black and White Photography, New Humanist, BJP, LifeForce, BBC, AxisWeb and Photoworks, among others. She has written forewords for books by Vanessa Winship, Martin Usborne and Anja Niemi, and an exhibition catalogue for the late Tim Hetheringon. Max has edited a forthcoming Aperture title by Edmund Clark. Max also writes and consults on photography for selected corporate clients such as The Little Black Gallery, the Legatum Foundation and Here Press.

EXPERIENCE TEACHING 2003-PRESENT

Max is currently senior lecturer in photography at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Max runs the full-time MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography. Max developed the first LCC-Magnum summer school in 2014; a relationship which continues. From 2003-2007, Max worked as a Visiting Lecturer in Journalism at the Universities of Middlesex and Roehampton, before joining the University of Westminster in 2007 to devise a unit in Writing and Photography. Max became Course Leader of MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography in 2010. Max received student-nominated teaching awards at LCC and Westminster

PUBLIC TALKS AND SYMPOSIA 2010-PRESENT

November 2015 Paper on Reading the Landscape at Beyond the Visual, Bristol
October 2015 Chair of Symposium Autonomy of Self, Swedenborg Hall
May 2015 Women and Wit in Photography, London College of Communication
April 2015 In conversation with Carolyn Drake at The Photographers’ Gallery
October 2014 Chair of panel on Ukraine and Russia, The Photographers’ Gallery
September 2014 Chair of panel on What Good is Photography? Oxford Photo Festival
July 2013 The Legacy of Tim Hetherington, De Balie, Amsterdam
November 2012 In conversation with Jason Larkin, The Frontline Club
September 2012 Chair of public debate for VII photo agency, The Royal Institution September 2010 The audio-visual archive of W G Sebald and Michael Foucault, LSE. London

EDUCATION 2015

University of the Arts, London, Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, 2010
University of Sussex, MA in Critical Theory (Distinction), 2001
Brighton City College, NCTJ (Merits Law & Public Affairs)

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Art and terror; contemporary landscape; women in photography; the image-text; W G Sebald

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MAX HOUGHTON

PROFILE 

Max Houghton has been writing on, for, with and about photographs since 2001, specialising in contemporary documentary photography. In 2015, Max organised three symposia, on Women and Wit in Photography at London College of Communication, Beyond the Visual Landscape at Southbank Club, Bristol and Autonomy of Self, Contemporary Conflict in Post-Ottoman States at Swedenborg Hall. Max Houghton judged the Firecracker Awards, and was named among the top 50 industry professionals by Featureshoot. Max has a book review in the current issue of 1000 Words and a feature in the forthcoming issue of Photoworks. She also reviewed the Rencontres d’Arles Photo Festival for The Daily Telegraph. Max has secured her first book contract with Thames and Hudson for Firecrackers: Women in Photography. Max is a senior lecturer in photography at London College of Communication.

EXPERIENCE WRITING 2001-PRESENT

After qualifying as a journalist, Max worked as a researcher for The Guardian and wrote for the Big Issue in the North. Max first wrote about photographs of the effects of Agent Orange in 2001 for foto.com, eventually becoming its feature editor and then editor. Max has published articles regularly in FOAM, The Telegraph, Black and White Photography, New Humanist, BJP, LifeForce, BBC, AxisWeb and Photoworks, among others. She has written forewords for books by Vanessa Winship, Martin Usborne and Anja Niemi, and an exhibition catalogue for the late Tim Hetheringon. Max has edited a forthcoming Aperture title by Edmund Clark. Max also writes and consults on photography for selected corporate clients such as The Little Black Gallery, the Legatum Foundation and Here Press.

EXPERIENCE TEACHING 2003-PRESENT

Max is currently senior lecturer in photography at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Max runs the full-time MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography. Max developed the first LCC-Magnum summer school in 2014; a relationship which continues. From 2003-2007, Max worked as a Visiting Lecturer in Journalism at the Universities of Middlesex and Roehampton, before joining the University of Westminster in 2007 to devise a unit in Writing and Photography. Max became Course Leader of MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography in 2010. Max received student-nominated teaching awards at LCC and Westminster

PUBLIC TALKS AND SYMPOSIA 2010-PRESENT

November 2015 Paper on Reading the Landscape at Beyond the Visual, Bristol
October 2015 Chair of Symposium Autonomy of Self, Swedenborg Hall
May 2015 Women and Wit in Photography, London College of Communication
April 2015 In conversation with Carolyn Drake at The Photographers’ Gallery
October 2014 Chair of panel on Ukraine and Russia, The Photographers’ Gallery
September 2014 Chair of panel on What Good is Photography? Oxford Photo Festival
July 2013 The Legacy of Tim Hetherington, De Balie, Amsterdam
November 2012 In conversation with Jason Larkin, The Frontline Club
September 2012 Chair of public debate for VII photo agency, The Royal Institution September 2010 The audio-visual archive of W G Sebald and Michael Foucault, LSE. London

EDUCATION 2015

University of the Arts, London, Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, 2010
University of Sussex, MA in Critical Theory (Distinction), 2001
Brighton City College, NCTJ (Merits Law & Public Affairs)

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Art and terror; contemporary landscape; women in photography; the image-text; W G Sebald