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School of Arts and Media

Dr Caroline Edge

Programme Leader in Photography


I became Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Photography in 2018. My background combines press and documentary photography, research and teaching. In particular I have specialised in developing collaborative projects with communities and documenting the impact of social policy using photography, video and installations. My photographs have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the UK and abroad, and my work is held in national and international collections.


Module Leader: Imagined Communities, Urban and Rural, Resolution

Contributing to modules: Applied Frameworks, Towards Resolution, Street and Studio

Research Interests

I am interested in the history of documentary photography, photography as a research methodology, photographic archives, and the relationship of magic and photography.

Qualifications and Memberships

AHRC funded Collaborative PhD in Documentary Photography: ‘Creating a collaborative Worktown Archive: Photography, Place and Community.’

MA Photography

PGCE (Art and Design)

BA (Hons) Interactive Arts



'Portrait of MP Liz McInnes' in ed. Hilary Wood, 209 Women, Liverpool: Bluecoat Press (2019)

‘Looking for Bolton in the Worktown Archive’ in eds. Edwards, Elizabeth and Morton, Christopher, Photographs, Museums, Collections, London: Bloomsbury (2015).



Stroke Stories: The Self Through Art and Science, Victoria Baths, Manchester (collaborative photography exhibition, 2016)

Postcards From Culter. Community photography project and collaborative archive. Understanding Everyday Participation project, University of Manchester/AHRC Connected Communities Festival (2015)

Understanding Everyday Participation, University of Manchester (AHRC Connected Communities) Photographic essay documenting ethnographic research in Culter, Aberdeen (2015)

Worktown Observation Centre ( A street photography project which re-evaluated Mass Observation’s visual research methods through the creation of a collaborative archive (2014)

Bolton/Worktown, short film for Mass Observation: This is Your Photo exhibition, Photographer’s Gallery, London (in collaboration with the South Manchester Arts Collective, 2013).

Bolton Worktown website ( Digital archive of the Worktown archive developed in collaboration with Bolton Museum (AHRC funded, 2012)

Worktown 75th Anniversary Exhibition, Bolton Museum (AHRC funded, 2012)



209 Women, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool (group exhibition, 2019).

209 Women, Portcullis House, UK Parliament, London (group exhibition, 2018)

The City Like A Maze, Athens Photo Festival, The Photobook Show, Benaki Museum (group photo book exhibition, 2015).

Street and Playground, Bolton Museum (group exhibition, 2015).

The City Like a Maze, Poor and Literate Gallery, Berlin (solo exhibition, 2014).

Carnival of Chaos, Antwerp Mansion, Manchester, an experimental audio-visual happening inspired by 1960s psychedelic light shows (curated, 2011)

Voices, Look 11, Liverpool Photography Festival (group exhibition, 2011).

Voices, People’s History Museum, Manchester (group exhibition, 2011).

Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed, Photographer’s Gallery, London (group exhibition of selected UK photography graduates, 2010).

Worktown Holiday Rituals, Bolton Museum (solo exhibition, 2010).

Spiritual Experience, No Soap Gallery, Novosibirsk, Siberia (solo exhibition, 2008).