Rick Barks

Senior Lecturer

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

Rick is a professional lens-based practitioner with experience in both gallery and commercial sectors. He has worked for numerous clients ranging from small academic publishers through to large Japanese design agencies. He has also worked as a photographer’s assistant, a set builder for music video production company and as a graphic designer. His exhibited work, rather than being centred around any specific photographic genre, covers photomontage, audio visual installation, image appropriation, as well as other more traditional ways of working.

Academic qualifications

In 1996 Rick was awarded a Masters Degree in Photographic Studies from the University of Westminster, and prior to that studies at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design. He has recently become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • Photographic Theory
  • Contextual studies
  • Black and white darkroom skills

Research interests

  • Meaning and the photographic image
  • Experiential photographic practice
  • Landscape
  • Photomontage



  • contextual studies
  • Black and White Darkroom
  • Portraiture
  • Photomontage
  • Surrealist Games
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