Camille Melissa Waring holds an undergraduate degree in biological science from La Trobe University (1997), a graduate diploma in criminology Melbourne University (1999), a masters degree in creative media arts, digital photography with distinction and a first-class thesis, London South Bank University (2017). After a successful career working in community-based offender rehabilitation programs, she immigrated to the United Kingdom in 2005 to enhance her career in criminal justice. In 2007 she resigned from working with young offenders to pursue a less institutionally defined career as a freelance photographer. In 2009 she was shortlisted for the Royal Academy of Art summer exhibition for her Berlin street photography. Her master’s degree in digital photography and creative media arts answered the question, is it possible to reclaim the word whore through creative practice as research? She has extensive knowledge relating to the self-publishing of photobooks and zines both as artistic and research practices. She has further interests in contemporary photography with an emphasis on theories of the author as editor, working with other peoples’ images and exploring issues related to politics, sexuality, violence, surveillance, transgressive sex cultures, censorship and identity. Currently, she is a third-year PhD candidate undertaking an MPhil/PhD with her doctoral research located within feminism and the self-image. Whoretography – Sex workers as image-makers: A critical analysis of sex workers’ self-representation in online public spaces.
Recent publications include Whoretography: The Intersection Of Imagery, Technologies, Society & The Sale Of Sex Online, 2017, Cunningham et al. Behind the screen: Commercial sex, digital spaces and working online, 2017 Campbell et al., 2018. Technology mediated sex work: Fluidity, networking & regulation in the UK. Waring, C., 2017. Visual Activism and Marginalised Communities in Online Spaces, Feminist Art Activisms and Artivisms. Valiz (2020), Visual Terrorism: Image-Based Violence and the Weaponsation of Photography: Navigating Contemporary Sex Work: Gender, Justice and Policy in the 21st century (2021).