A multi-disciplinary background provides the foundation for Lucy Soutter’s teaching and writing. After concentrating in Visual and Environmental Studies and English at Harvard College, Lucy received an MFA in Photography from the California Institute of the Arts. Her Yale University PhD thesis in the History of Art, The Visual Idea, examined the uses of photography by first generation conceptual artists. Based in London since 2000, Lucy has taught at The London College of Communication, Sotheby’s Institute and the Royal College of Art.
Lucy’s work focuses on questions of value and meaning in contemporary art and photography. She has written art criticism for publications including Afterimage, Aperture, Source, Frieze and Art India. Her book Why Art Photography? was published by Routledge in 2013 and will come out in a revised edition in 2017. The chapters follow her key research interests in relation to ambiguity, objectivity, fiction, authenticity, the digital and photography’s expanded field. She is currently exploring further research into “expanded photography,” contemporary photography’s overlap with other contemporary art forms and activities.