Prof. Paul Wenham-Clarke

Course Leader – MA Commercial Photography

Professor of Photography, FBIPP & AoP Member


Professor Paul Wenham-Clarke has had two solo exhibitions at St Martin-in-the-Fields Crypt Gallery, Trafalgar Square and had work exhibited at The Victoria & Albert Museum, The National Portrait Gallery and Somerset House. He has been a professional photographer and educator for over twenty years and has won eighteen national professional competitions or awards. In 2004 Paul produced a personal project called When Lives Collide that toured the UK, and was shown in Greece in 2010 (Crete & Athens). His series ‘Hard Times’ focused on the UK homeless and was produced for the Big Issue Foundation (2010), which won the prestigious Association of Photographers Gold Award and was shown at St Martin-in-the-Fields Crypt Gallery for four months. Over a hundred thousand visitors attended and it was featured on the BBC2 Culture Show. His project The Westway: a portrait of the community (2013) was part of his Research Fellowship activities and so was funded by AUB. The resulting work was also shown at St Martin-in-the-Fields Crypt Gallery. The Urban Gypsies, part of the Westway project, was shortlisted for The World Photography Organisation’s Awards 2013. The images went on to be shown at Somerset House, and at the Victoria & Albert Museum as part of the Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month. One of the images from the show (Cindy & Shirley age ten, hold Terry on his Christening day) was selected for the Taylor-Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition 2013 and was shown at the National Portrait Gallery.To see his work visit:

Professional practice

Twenty years experience teaching photography at HE Level.

Three years experience as a Research Fellow at AUB.

Twenty six years experience as a commercial and advertising photographer.

Twelve years experience as a issue based documentary photographer leading to twenty solo exhibitions.

Professional memberships

  • The Association of Photographers (2000–2016)
  • Fellow British Institute of Photography (1994–2016)


  • Shortlisted: Hasselblad Masters Awards (2015)
  • Shortlisted in the World Photography Organisation Awards (2013)
  • Taylor-Wessing, National Portrait Gallery (2013)
  • The Royal Photographic Society Open Print Competition (2013)
  • Gold Award Winner in The Association of Photographers Awards (2010)
  • Overall Winner The Association of Photographers Open Competition (2006)

Research Specialism

PHOTOGRAPHY  (Specialising in issue based projects).

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