I am an educator, researcher and photographer, currently residing in Cambridgeshire, England. After living and studying in South Africa for seventeen years, with a break spent living in Germany, I returned to the UK in 1998 as a freelancer and lecturer based in London.

ACMurphy Photography was established in 1995 as a collective name for my practice, which incorporates a diverse interest in subject matter and media and is produced for research, publication and exhibition outputs.

At present, I am Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Northampton and am also completing my PhD at Middlesex University, London.

My more recent practice investigates photographic representations of Sigmund Freud’s metapsychology, exploring the photograph’s relationship to the museological space and collections in particular, natural history specimens – for examples of these projects, please see Specere II, spirits and Dogs via the Projects link below.



“Specere and the Photograph: Existing in Perpetual States of Preservation” (Paper). Seeing with Animals conference, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, US, March 2017.

“Presenting the Spectacular Double Act of the Photograph and the Taxidermy Specimen” (Paper). Consuming (the) Victorians conference, BAVS, Cardiff University, Wales, August 2016.

“Taxidermy and the Photograph” (Paper). The New and the Novel in the 19th Century conference, NCSA, Lincoln, Nebraska, US, April 2016

“Is Photographing Taxidermy a Double-defiance of the Death-drive?” (Paper). Visualising the Animal Conference, University of Cumbria, June 2015

“An Inert State” (Display). Summer Conference, Middlesex University, London, June 2015

“The Museum and the Photograph” (PechaKucha). ‘In-Progress’ Postgraduate Researchers Conference, Middlesex University, London, December 2014

“Is Photographing Taxidermy a Double-defiance of the Death-drive?” (Poster). Summer Conference, Middlesex University, London, June 2014


Projects, Residencies, Awards (selection):

2015-16:          Natural History Museum, London – Collections project

2015:               Royal Photographic Society Funding Award

2012-14:          Natural History Museum, Tring, UK – Collections project

2009:               Museum of Cambridge, UK – Oral Histories collaboration project and  exhibition

2007-8:            Cambridge University Museum of Zoology, UK – Collections project

1997:               Artist Residency – Robben Island, Cape, South Africa



2017: “Co-Existence” – Richmond, Kentucky, USA

2017: “Specere” – Avenue Gallery, University of Northampton, UK

2015:   “Visualising the Animal” – Carlisle Photography Festival, UK

2012:  “Royal Photographic Society Biennial Exhibition” – The Halequin Gallery, Watford, UK

2010:  “Changing Spaces” – Empty Shop Window Project, Cambridge, UK

2009:  “A Space of My Own” – Cambridge and County Folk Museum, UK

2008:  “spirits” – Museum of Zoology, Cambridge, UK (solo show)

2007:  “CamIris 2007” – Artworks, Cambridge, UK

2007:  “MA Graduating Show” – Norwich University College of the Arts, UK

2005:   “Work” – Lauderdale House, London, UK

2001:   “Fractures: Exhibit B” – Mary Ward Centre, London (solo)

2000:   “Art, Science & Technology” – New Greenham Arts, Newbury, UK

1999:   “Created Space” – Whiteleys, London

1999:   “Notes From Underground” – Dostoevsky Museum, St. Petersburg

1998:   “Land: Crust & Steel” – NSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa (2-man)

1998:   “Gross-Stadt” – Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town (solo show)

1998:   “Chameleons” – Metropolitan Life Gallery, Cape Town  (solo show)

1997:   “13”  – Klein Karoo Arts Festival, South Africa

1997:   “Fractures: Exhibit A” – Café Camissa, Cape Town (solo show)


Editorial (interviews):

“Death Becomes Her”, The Journal (Vol. 156), UK. Nov 2016

“Endframe Portfolio”, British Journal of Photography, UK. 02 June 2004

“Endframe Portfolio, British Journal of Photography, UK. 23 February 2000

“Sharing a Vision”, SA Photo Magazine, South Africa. April-May 1998

“Beyond the Image”, Directions Magazine, South Africa. November 1995


Books (anthologies):

Coe, Chris. (Ed), Journey One: Travel Photographer of the Year (UK: TPOTY, 2005) p 123

Ephraums, Eddie. (Ed). The Big Issue Book of Home (UK: Hodder & Stoughton, 2000) p 30

Ephraums, Eddie. (Ed). What’s Missing? (UK: Argentum, 2000) p 90-97


Magazines (selected editorial work):

“The Good Ship Robin”, British Journal of Photography, UK. Jan 1, 2004. (p20-21)

“Laugh? I Feel Better Already”, Guardian G2 Newspaper, UK. March 25, 2003 (p14-15)

“Tours”, COLORS 49 Magazine, Italy. April-May 2002 (p42-43)

“Power Houses”, The Observer Magazine, UK. 17 June 2001. (p64-69)

“Viva Lass Vegas”, The Mirror, UK, Aug 14, 2001. (p26-27)

“Animal Crackers!”, 19 Magazine, London, UK, July 1998 (p62-63)

“Legalised Prostitution: A Licence to Thrill”, ELLE Magazine, South Africa. July 1998 (p64-68)

“Writing Wrongs”, Sunday Life Magazine, South Africa. Dec 7, 1997 (p6-8 and cover)

“Mu’te”, SL Magazine, Cape Town, South Africa. 1995-1998 (monthly publication)

“A Pond Reflecting the Sky”, ADA Magazine, South Africa. 1995 (p10-11)


Book Covers (Selected):

Gordimer, Nadine. Beethoven was One-sixteenth Black (UK: Bloomsbury, 2008)

Coetzee, J.M. Waiting for the Barbarians (UK: Vintage, 2004)

Jone, Russell Celyn. Surface Tension (UK: Abacus, 2001)

Stewart, Leah. Body of a Girl (UK: Piatkus, 2001)

Christie, Agatha. 4:50 from Paddington (UK: Macmillan Audio, 2001)

Hepburn, Susan. Missing (UK: Piatkus, 2001)


For further academic and scholarly information, please visit my LinkedIn page.