Moira Lovell

Moira Lovell

Lecturer in Photography


Moira Lovell is an art photographer and photography lecturer. She studied photography at degree level in the late 90s, during a transitional period from an advertising and editorial philosophy to a more arts based and conceptual course of study. After working as a press photographer and a medical photographer, she studied for her masters, post MA Moira's photographic work has been consistently attracting critical acclaim, winning a number of awards including the prestigious Jerwood photography prize and the Magenta Foundation Emerging Photographers Prize. Moira’s work is regularly published both nationally and internationally.


Prior to contributing to the BA (Hons) Photography course at the University of Salford Moira was employed as a Senior Lecturer in Photography at Southampton Solent University and as an Associate Lecturer at University Campus Suffolk. Moira also has experience of tutoring distance learning students through the Open College of Arts.

Research Interests

Moira is an art photographer working with staged documentary portraiture. Underpinning her practice is an investigation into awkwardness, which she believes occurs as an affect of the power struggles at play during the photographic exchange. Lovell's exploration of awkwardness has led her to work with a variety of communities such as school themed clubbers, female footballers and former coal miners.

Qualifications and Memberships

Moira has a BA (Hons) in Photography from the Kent Institute of Art and Design (now known as the University for the Creative Arts) and an MA in Photography from the London College of Communication.  She is currently studying at Goldsmiths for her second MA, this time her subject is Gender, Media and Culture. Moira also has a Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Teaching and Learning in HE and is a full fellow of the HEA.


 Please refer to Moira’s SEEK for a comprehensive list of her publications