Dr John Hillman is an educator, artist and writer. He completed his undergraduate degree in photography at PCL and a Masters Degree in Photography at the University of Westminster. His PhD “Photography and its failure to represent,” was completed Falmouth University / UAL and considered the agency of the photographic image. It brought clarity to thinking associated with non-representational theories by providing a clearer conceptualisation of their relationship to contemporary photographic practice.
Since the early 80s John has worked as a commercial photographer as well as maintaining a keen interest photographic theory and his personal practice. As an early adopter of digital imaging and its application in both commercial and arts based practice John has written, consulted and presented papers on the impact of digital photography, digital media, visual culture and education.
He is interested in the links between the image, text, interpretation and ideological discourses. He is also interested in non-represenational theories as they relate to photographic practice.
John has extensive teaching experience and has been a visiting lecture at a number of Universities and institutions. He has presented academic papers at conferences nationally and internationally. He is currently course director of the BA (Hons) Photography degree at Birmingham City University.