I am a freelance teacher, writer, photographer and musician. Until August 2017 I was a full time academic based at The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University where I lectured in photography, fine art, film studies and curating for 25 years. I also ran the Critical and Contextual Studies programme for the BA Fine Art and BA Photography students.

I began my career as a musician in the 1980s. As lead guitarist of The Tea Set, I toured with The Stranglers and supported many other new wave bands including The Clash, Iggy Pop and XTC. I also briefly worked with Malcolm McLaren and Psychic TV. 1n 1987 I recorded a solo album called The Great Indoors for the Bam Caruso label.

After taking a BA course in Cultural Studies I completed an MA and PhD at Sussex University, followed by a period in which I taught film and media studies at the University of Westminster, Middlesex University, Birkbeck College and Boston University. I have also taught at Diderot University in Paris. Between 2005 and 2013, I wrote, curated and photographed work related to Alfred Hitchcock. I have written a book on Hitchcock’s films, lectured in the US, curated a new media exhibition based on Hitchcock’s Vertigo and appeared on two French TV documentaries discussing his work. In 2010, I was invited to present the annual Hitchcock lecture at Queen Mary College, London. I since have published book chapters on Hitchcock in The Blackwell Companion to Crime Fiction (2010) and Hitchcock’s Moral Gaze (2016).

More recently, my focus has been on my photographic work. My photography centres on sites of heritage, nostalgia, ruin and dereliction. I am currently engaged in a long term project photographing Epping Forest. As a writer and photographer, I have worked with the Uncertain States co-operative which published a quarterly newspaper on lens based imaging. I’m also co-author (with Susan Andrews) of Archive: Imagining the East End, an introduction to the East End Archive at The Cass.

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