David Ellison

Senior Lecturer – Commercial Photography



As a Senior Lecturer in Photography, David began his career as an assistant to Brian Griffin and Craig McDean. Now a professional photographer and Senior Lecturer, David has developed his work in doctoral research at Ulster University. David has previously taught at Ulster University and Falmouth University and is currently Level 4 Tutor at AUB.

His research into embroidered wrestling costumes of the North of England has featured as part of a touring exhibition at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool (January 2017) and Somerset House, London (November 2017).

David’s work is held at the Archive of Modern Conflict (London), Birmingham Central Library and Tullie House Collections (Carlisle). His work has been exhibited across the UK and Europe and he has photographed for leading, quality newspapers in England and France.

Professional practice

NORTH: Fashioning Identity – Somerset House, London.

NORTH: Identity, Photography and Fashion – Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool.

ROOM 203: Trade Union Portraits – Ulster Hall, Belfast.

TEK HOD: The Faces and Fields of Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling – Tullie House Museum Art Gallery Trust, Carlisle.

COLLECTIVE OBSERVATIONS: Folklore and Photography from Benjamin Stone to Flickr – Towner Gallery, Eastbourne.

Research Specialism

Herdwick Common. A visual documentary of Herdwick shepherding in the English Lake District. Published by Cherchbi Ltd. ISBN 9780993034008. Introduction By James Rebanks (The Shepherds Life).

Mind The Gap. ‘Landscape, Costume and Identity: Wrestling with a Photographic Practice’. National College of Art Dublin. ISBN: 9781870225021

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