Research output per year
Research output per year
Fergus Heron's research as photography practice explores ideas of place through picturing land, architecture and interiors.
His overall work forms an extended inquiry through ongoing projects comprising pictures of natural and humanly constructed environments, often with art historical, literary and photographic references.
Within and across projects, questions of place are posed in which the urban, rural, modern and traditional are considered as complex interrelated ideas rather than binary opposites.
The working process combines encounter and observation, technical realisation, critical reflection and theoretical formulation. Realised as detailed prints for exhibition spectatorship, his work emphasises how the photograph as a picture concentrates our seeing.
He also writes about photography practice and theory, organises exhibitions and presents his practice based research publicly in artist talks, symposia and university conferences.
Fergus Heron is a research student supervisor with subject expertise in photography as visual art practice; landscape, documentary and associated histories and theories.
Exhibitions featuring his work include the first major survey of Photography at Tate Britain, How We Are: Photographing Britain and shows at the Museum for Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark; K3 Project Space, Zurich, Switzerland; Pitzhanger Manor Gallery, London; Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, Exeter; Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; Worcester Museum and Art Gallery; Bonington Gallery, Nottingham; Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne and Phoenix Art Space, Brighton.
His photographs and writing are included in the anthology Emerging Landscapes (Abingdon: Routledge, 2014). He selected The Photographers’ Gallery Viewpoint: Photography and Landscape (London: TPG, 2018), edited Visible Economies (Brighton: Photoworks, 2012) and is a contributor to A Companion to Photography (Oxford: Blackwell, 2020).
He has presented his work at numerous international university research conferences on art, photography, architecture and landscape.
Selected Exhibitions and Displays
Selected Photographs 2010-2018, University of Brighton Gallery
9 Waterloo Place: Space in Transition, Phoenix Brighton
Show and Tell: The Image in Research, University of Brighton Gallery
Northern Light, Yorkshire Art Space, Sheffield
Present Tense, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
In Place of Architecture, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham
Inhabit, Brighton Photo Fringe, Brighton
Scene, The Studio, Pitzhanger Manor Gallery and House, London
Views on SE1, Anise Gallery, London
Contemporary Landscape Photography, Worcester Museum and Art Gallery
Land, Travel and Environment, University of Brighton Gallery
Capital, George and Jorgen Gallery, London
Elusive, Camberwell Space, University of the Arts, London
Night: A Time Between, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
How We Are: Photographing Britain, Tate Britain, London
Practicing Desires: Authorship in Contemporary Photographic Art in A Companion to Photography by Bull, S. (ed.) Wiley Blackwell ISBN 9781405195843
Built Worlds: Photography, landscape and different natures, essay for The Photographers’ Gallery Viewpoints; https://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/content/built-worlds-photography-landscape-and-different-natures
Photoworks Ideas Series Interview; https://photoworks.org.uk/ideas-series-interview-fergus-heron/
Desires Grown Solid: Shopping Centre Interiors in Emerging Landscapes by Deriu, Kamvasinou, Shinkle (eds.) Ashgate ISBN 978-1-4094-6705-2
Visible Economies, edited book with essays by Eugenie Shinkle and Martin Newth, works by Sutapa Biswas, Emma Charles, Anna Fox, Immo Klink, Corinne Silva. Photoworks, ISBN 978-1-903796-48-1
Elusive exhibition catalogue, with essay by Martin Newth, Camberwell Press, ISBN 978-0-9536395-6-4
Night: A Time Between exhibition catalogue with essays by Dr Janette Kerr, Dr Steve Poole and Lily Markiewicz, Royal West of England Academy, ISBN 978-1-899525-03-4 2007
How We Are: Photographing Britain exhibition catalogue with essays by Val Williams, Susan Bright, Kevin Jackson and Martin Parr, Tate Publishing, ISBN 978-1-85437-7142
Unravelling Photography exhibition catalogue with essays by Nancy Roth and Liz Wells, Quay Arts, ISBN 100-9552787-2-4
Still/Remains, photographs and essay in Eventful, Photographic Time edited by Yve Lomax and Olivier Richon, Royal College of Art, London. ISBN 1-874175-52-7
Conference presentations and talks
A Sense of Practice, Association for Photography in Higher Education Interim Event, Arts University Bournemouth, 27 November
Pictures with words, words within pictures, Shaping Knowledge MeCCSA and MPE Practice Network Annual Symposium, University of Kent, 14 June
Northern Light: Proximity and Distance in Northern Landscape Photography, Sheffield Hallam University, 2 July
Visualising the Home, Cumbria Institute of Arts, Carlisle, 13-14 July
Address to the Annual General Meeting of the Royal Photographic Society, 9 July
On Printing Photography, Panel Discussion Chair, Brighton Photo Fringe, Phoenix Brighton, 21 October
Richard Billingham Artist Talk (Chair) Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
In Place of Architecture, Nottingham Trent University, 6 November
Landscape, Wilderness and the Wild, Newcastle University, 26th - 28th March
Of the Earth, Plymouth University, 24th - 25th October
Beyond the View, Canterbury Christ Church University, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury and Turner Contemporary, Margate, 10th - 11th July
Nocturnal, Land/Water and the Visual Arts, Plymouth University, 26th - 27th June
Lessons in Geography (with Martin Newth) MAC Birmingham, 8th - 9th November
Landscape Photography, Panel Discussion organised by Miniclick at Anise Gallery, London, 17th October
Disobedient Objects at Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Organised by Centre for Research on Socio - Cultural Change and V&A, 3rd September
In/Vulnerabilities and Social Change: Precarious Lives and Experimental Knowledge (with Martin Newth), Organised by Centre for Research on Socio - Cultural Change, University of London, 5th September
Photology, Hastings, East Sussex, 5th August
Visualising the Rural, University of Cumbria, Carlisle, 4th - 5th July
Folio Forum Panle Discussion Chair at The Photographers' Gallery, London, November 22nd
Visible Economies, organised by University of Brighton and Photoworks as part of Brighton Photo Biennial 2012, 29th October
Water:Image, organised by the Land/Water and the Visual Arts Research Group, Plymouth University, 4th-6th July
Ultima Thule, in conversation with Stephen Vaughan, Photofusion, London, 25th May
Documentary Aesthetics organised by University of Brighton and BPB as part of Brighton Photo Biennial 2010, 5th November
Emerging Landscapes a joint venture between the School of Architecture and the Built Environment and the School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, 25th – 27th June
University of Plymouth
1 Sep 2004 → 17 Feb 2006
Award Date: 17 Feb 2006
Master, Royal College of Art
24 Sep 1998 → 4 Jul 2000
Award Date: 4 Jul 2000
Bachelor, University for the Creative Arts
25 Sep 1994 → 4 Jul 1997
Award Date: 4 Jul 1997
Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBN › Chapter › peer-review
Research output: Non-textual output › Exhibition
Research output: Non-textual output › Exhibition