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Alexandra Murphy is a researcher, photographic practitioner and educator and has been full-time Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Northampton since 2014.

She has lived in South Africa for 17 years, where she also worked as a photographer and lecturer and also studied, completing both her BFA and MFA degrees in Photographic Arts at Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

Continuing to work as a freelance photographer, Alexandra lived in Germany for a year before returning to in London in 1998, where she freelanced in editorial photography, produced work for publication and exhibition and worked as a visiting lecturer.

Alexandra completed her MA Digital Practices at Norwich University of the Arts in 2007 and is currently completing the final year of her practice-led PhD at Middlesex University.

Research Interests

Current research practice explores various preservative and dialectical connections between photography and the museum, primarily through representations of the natural history museum collection.

Field work is based in museums both in the US and in the UK; through the practice, the research examines a range of cultural theories from metapsychology, museology and philosophy.

Outputs are exhibited and presented at conferences and independent exhibitions.

Teaching Interests

Module Leader and Tutor for the following modules:

PHO4001 - Practice Exhibition (Level 6 principle module)

PHO2001 - Photography and Arts Practices (Level 5)

PHO1002 - Photography and its Changing Uses (Level 4)


Supervisor for the following modules :

PHO4001 - Practice Exhibition (Level 6)

PHO3003 - Career Development in Photographic Practices (Level 6)


Personal Tutor:

Level 5 (2018-19)

Level 6 (2017-18)


Education/Academic qualification

MPhil, Middlesex University


Master, Norwich University of the Arts


Master, Rhodes University


Bachelor, Rhodes University


PhD, Middlesex University

1 Mar 201331 Dec 2019

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Research Output 2015 2015

From Material to Virtual: An exploration of visual technologies to develop an online/interactive-learning platform for Photography

Leet, S-K., Kalpaxi, E., Dalum-Tilds, G., Sherwood, T., Murphy, A. & Lowe, C., 21 May 2015.

Research output: Contribution to conference typesAbstractResearch

Open Access
Visual Technologies
Online Learning


Royal Photographic Society Postgraduate Bursary

Alexandra Murphy (Recipient), 13 Aug 2015

Prize: Other distinction

Royal Photographic Society
Research Projects
Natural History Museum

Activities 2012 2019

  • 6 Participating in a conference or workshop
  • 4 Exhibition
  • 1 Invited talk
  • 1 Workshop

Format19: Conference

Alexandra Murphy (Participant)
15 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch

Visiting Speaker Talk

Alexandra Murphy (Speaker)
18 Oct 2018

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch

Creative Image 2018

Alexandra Murphy (Participant)
26 Sep 201827 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch

Eastern Kentucky University

Alexandra Murphy (Visiting researcher)
22 Mar 201726 Mar 2017

Activity: Public Engagement and OutreachExhibitionResearch

Avenue Gallery

Alexandra Murphy (Visiting researcher)
20 Oct 201727 Oct 2017

Activity: Public Engagement and OutreachExhibitionResearch

Press / Media

Death Becomes Her

Alexandra Murphy


1 Media contribution