Professor Jem Southam

Professor Jem Southam

Emeritus Professor

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



Photography Co-ordinator for Post Graduate Studies

Programme leader - MA 'Photography and the Book' and MA 'Photography and the Land' 

Postgraduate Research Superviser: Currently Director of Studies 3 students

BA Photography - Programme Tutor

Member of 'Land/Water and the Visaul Arts' Research Group.


London College of Printing / Higher Diploma in Creative Photography 1969/72

Roles on external bodies

Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World : Trustee



Teaching interests

These relate directly to the two new MA programmes at the University of Plymouth
 - MA 'Photography and the Land' and 'Photogra[phy and the Book'. 

Mid-late nineteenth century, and contemporary, landscape photography.
In particular early topographic, new topogarphic and post new-topographic landscape photography.

Staff serving as external examiners

London College of Communication : MA Photography 2004-2008
University of Brighton : BA Editorial Photography 2005-2009



Research interests

'The Rockfalls of Normandy'- working with Pole-Image Haute Normandie on a study of the coastal landscape of the region.

'The Sunderland Coast' - working with the University of Sunderland on a study of the post-industrial landscape of the area.

'Shiermonnikoog'- working with Noorderlicht, Groningen on a study of the islands of the Waddenzee.

'Lyme Bay'- a topographical study of the cliffs and coastal landscape of Lyme Bay.

'Crear '-an artist in resdidence (2002-2008) at Crear in West Argyll making a study of the coastal landscape of the area.

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Dr Simon Standing - PhD
Charles Meares - MPhil
Karen Roulestone- PhD




'Rockfalls and Ponds' Jem Southam with introduction by Sergio Mah
La Fabrica/ PhotoEspana 2010

'Clouds Descending' Jem Southam with texts by Nick Alfrey, Lindsay Brooks, David Chandler, Richard Hamblyn, Matthew Southam and Harriet Tarlo.
Published by Lowry Press 2008

'The Painter's Pool' Jem Southam with essay by Chris Cook
Published by Nazraeli Press 2007

'Landscape Stories' Jem Southam with essays by Andy Grundberg and Gerry Badger.
Published by Princeton Architectural Press/Blindspot 2005.

'Rockfalls, Rivermouths and Ponds' Jem Southam with essya by David Chandler, Ian Jeffrey and Jeremy Millar. Published by Towner Art Gallery and Photoworks 2000.

'The Raft of Carrots' Jem Southam with essay by David Chandler.
Published by The Photographers' Gallery 1992.

'The Red River' Jem Southam with additional texts by D.M.Thomas, Frank Turk and Jan Ruhrmund.
Published by Cornerhouse 1989.

'The Floating Harbour - A landscape history of Bristol City Docks' Jem Southam and John Lord.
Published by Redcliff Press 1982.