Staff Profile

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Alexandra Murphy


I joined Buckinghamshire New University in 2020 but have been teaching photography for over 20 years. I am an experienced photographic practitioner and researcher with a background in editorial and documentary photography for publication as well as arts-based practice having exhibited in group and solo shows in the UK, Germany and South Africa.

I am in my final year of a part-time practice-led PhD at Middlesex University and my current practice-led research explores connections between photography and representations of the natural history museum collection, particularly regarding the preservational properties of print-making processes. My work is mixed media and incorporates contemporary digital and moving image as well as traditional print processes.

I am an associate member of the Royal Photographic Society and have an HEA Fellowship.

My specialist knowledge and current practice-led research involving long-term projects has led to field work taking place in museums such as the Natural History Museum, London and The Field Museum, Chicago. I was awarded funding in 2015 from the Royal Photographic Society for my project, Specere II: Fixing the Shadows. My editorial work has been featured in publications such as The Guardian, COLORS magazine, ELLE South Africa and The Observer Magazine. Examples of all my work can be viewed at: