Philip M Harris is a researcher, image maker and Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Photography at the University of Derby. He was awarded a PhD by Birmingham City University in 2012, for his thesis Photographing Landscape: A Theory of the Experience of Making, where he developed a methodology drawing upon Martin Heidegger’s theories of technology and art to theorise the experiences of making a work of photography within the context of landscape and environment.
His practice and research explores the (mis)use of analogue cine media as a vehicle to engage with politics, representation, and social concerns.
Recent works include A Profound Difference, staged for the opening of FORMAT19; River-Film, staged for the Landscapes and Legacy Conference, University of Derby (2019); Ngland, exhibited in Exposure Festival, Calgary, 2020.
Stay at Home (2020), and Lockdown Apple Blossom (2020-2021), both shown for FORMAT21, employ cine media as a means to respond to the conditions of lockdown and mass-isolation as a consequence of COVID19.
Harris was co-organiser of the FORMAT19 Photography Festival Conference held at the University of Derby. In addition, he is co-editor of the publication of an edited selection of papers arising from the conference, titled: Mythologies, Identities and Territories of Photography: Forever//Now, published by and available from Cambridge Scholars.