Joanna Vestey is an award winning photographer based in Oxford, England who is making work that explore the the digitisation of knowledge and shifts in technology.
She studied photography at The Surrey Institute of Art and Design and at Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. She holds a BA from The Surrey Institute of Art and Design along with MA’s in Social Anthropology and Development from the School of Oriental Studies and in photography from Newport School of Documentary Photography.
She completed a practice led PhD at the European Centre for Photographic Research. Her work has been widely commissioned, published and exhibited both in the UK and abroad and is held by several collections including five images acquired by the National Portrait Gallery.
Her series Custodians was published as a book by the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford in 2015. Founder and collaborator of online platform; Beyond The Negative, which showcases the work of photographers, Joanna is passionate about change and how photography can both effect and affect it.
Her theatre series raised £140k for London theatres during lock downs and she made a series of images of 24 well known artists and communicators for At The Bus to use to both raise awareness of their work and to raise much needed funds for them.
She is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Plymouth teaching on their photography MA programme and was the recipient of the TPA/RPS Environmental Bursary in 2021.