Elizabeth Orcutt

Elizabeth Orcutt is an artist and educator. Her recently completed PhD is entitled Reflection and Photography: Images of My[visual]self. Making photographic self-portrayals in series of visual essays (attempts or try-outs), Orcutt interrogates a visual self experience residing within the look, neither as a subject nor object but as an intersubjective experience. She works as cultural studies and photography lecturer in the Fashion & Textiles Institute at Falmouth University, and with social enterprise Fotonow CIC in partnership with Plymouth Marjon University. Before joining academia, Orcutt worked as a picture editor, most recently at The Times (London), and also on discrete projects for Reuters and Tortoise.


Examining the intersubjective experience of looking and being looked at, Orcutt, the artist, tries on different visual gender identities.


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Chandler Jernigan – a talented young American photographer whose portraits hugely enriched the visuals of MAI website
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Julia Carbonell – an emerging Spanish photographer whose sharp outlook at contemporary women grasped our feminist attention
Ana Pedreira – a self-taught Portuguese photographer whose imagery from women protests beams with feminist aura
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