Susan Derges

Susan Derges

Susan Derges, (English, born 1955) is an internationally recognised photographic artist, specialising in camera-less photographic processes, most often working with natural landscapes. She has exhibited extensively in Europe, America and Japan and has works in many museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum, New York and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Derges was born in London in 1955. She studied painting at the Chelsea College of Art and Design from 1973-1976 and at the Slade School of Art from 1977-1979. She then turned to photography, exploring in particular early photographic techniques of cameraless photography - exposing images directly onto photographic paper - techniques she has continued to refine and develop to this day. From 1981 to 1985 she lived and worked in Japan, receiving a Rotary Foundation Award (1981), JVC Award (1984) and carrying out postgraduate research at Tsukuba University. From 1986 to 1991 Derges lived in London, moving to Dartmoor, Devon in 1992. In 1993 she received a South West Arts Award and was appointed Lecturer in Media Arts at the University of Plymouth, Exeter. From 1997 to 1999 she was an external examiner for the BA in Fine Art: Photography at Middlesex University.

Having trained in painting Susan Derges expressed an early interest in abstraction because "it offered the promise of being able to speak of the invisible rather than to record the visible". She turned to cameraless photography after experiencing frustration at the way "the camera always separates the subject from the viewer". (wikipedia read more)

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