Camille Waring

Born and raised in the Australian countryside Camille Waring graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in biological sciences from La Trobe University and with postgraduate studies in criminology from the University of Melbourne. 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. In 2015 she undertook a Masters Degree in digital photography and creative media arts from London South Bank University, achieving a first for her thesis that answered the question is it possible to reclaim the word whore through creative practice as research? Her current research interests lie in the way marginalised communities use photography in online spaces as a tool for visual activism and political change.  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, surveillance, censorship and identity. She is currently undertaking a MPhil/PhD with the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM), School of Media, Arts and Design, at the University of Westminster. Her doctoral research is Whoretography – Sex workers as image-makers: A critical analysis of sex workers’ self-representation in online public spaces.

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