I am a photographer, researcher and educator, 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.
At present, I am Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Northampton and am in the final year of my PhD at Middlesex University, 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.
Current practice investigates the photograph’s relationship to the museological space and its collections in particular, natural history specimens and is researched via cultural theories in metapsychology, museology and philosophy – for examples of these projects, please visit the Projects link in the menu below.
March 2019: “Forever in Stasis: Dialectical Dynamics between the Photograph and the Taxidermy Specimen” (Paper),
FORMAT19 FOREVER//NOW conference, University of Derby, UK.
September 2018: “The Photograph as Ontological Episteme” (Paper and Screening),
Creative Image 2018 conference, University of Manchester, UK.
March 2017: “Specere and the Photograph: Existing in Perpetual States of Preservation” (Paper),
Seeing with Animals conference, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, US.
August 2016: “Presenting the Spectacular Double Act of the Photograph and the Taxidermy Specimen” (Paper),
Consuming (the) Victorians conference, BAVS, Cardiff University, Wales.
April 2016: “Taxidermy and the Photograph” (Paper),
The New and the Novel in the 19th Century conference, NCSA, Lincoln, Nebraska, US.
June 2015: “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.
December 2014: “The Museum and the Photograph” (PechaKucha),
‘In-Progress’ Postgraduate Researchers Conference, Middlesex University, London.
June 2014: “Is Photographing Taxidermy a Double-defiance of the Death-drive?” (Poster),
Summer Conference, Middlesex University, London.
Project Field Work:
2015-2018 Natural History Museum, London
2017 The Field Museum, Chicago, US
2016-2017 London Museums: Science Museum; Blythe House; Grant Museum; Wellcome Collection
2016 American Museum of Natural History, New York
2012-2014 Natural History Museum, Tring, UK
2009 Museum of Cambridge, UK
2007-2008 Cambridge University Museum of Zoology, UK
1997: Robben Island, Cape, South Africa – Two-week artist residency
2017: “Specere” – Avenue Gallery, University of Northampton, UK
2017: “IPE 160” – Royal Photographic Society, UK (shortlisted)
2017: “Co-Existence” – Richmond, Kentucky, USA
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)
Exhibition Curation & Coordination:
2017: Co-organiser, curator and juror, Co-Existence Exhibition, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, USA, www.seeingwithanimals2017.wordpress.com
October 2018: BA Photography students, Middlesex University.
Funding, Honours and Awards:
Royal Photographic Society – Funding award for project, Specere II: Fixing the Shadows at the Natural History Museum, London.
The Sir Richard Stapley Trust – Postgraduate funding award for Masters research on, The Uncanny.
Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship – Shortlisted for project on prison islands.
Travel Photographer of the Year – Shortlisted in Single Image Category.
Robben Island Artist Residency, South Africa – 2-week residency project photographing the island’s environment.
Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), South Africa – Postgraduate funding award for MFA dissertation research, The Photo-Transformation of the Human Form.
Schlosser, Julia (Ed), Co-Existence: An Art Exhibition (US: Blurb,, 2017) p 40-41, 90, 99
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
“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
(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)
Murphy, John Gerard. All God’s Children (UK: Vanguard, 2013)
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)
Examples of editorial publications can be seen on my Editorial page.
For further academic and scholarly information, please visit my LinkedIn page.