Urban Photographers Association

The photographers and artists shown on the members’ gallery represent a diverse range of practices including landscape, architectural, portraiture, fine art, documentary, street-based and object photography; all informed by an active engagement with urban theory and associated research methods.



The international festival is now in its ninth year, and I am pleased to announce the dates of this year’s event will be Thursday 3 – Monday 7 November.  The UPF has evolved through a number of conversations, research initiatives and exhibitions involving a wide range of partners and contributors from the areas of visual arts, photography and film, education, urban research and the social sciences. Originally, the festival started out as a series of annual Urban Encounters symposia held at Tate Britain and has broadened out to include seminars, workshops, masterclasses, walks, exhibitions and portfolio reviews.


City to Sea

The City to Sea project brings together artists, photographers and urbanists to present and exhibit artistic, sociological and scientific research. Our aim is to organize public art projects-interventions, symposiums, exhibitions and educational workshops. Generating collaborative projects that explore how tourism, migration, urban ecology and biodiversity interlink with arts and cultural practice.
Thus transforming social perceptions, environmental and geographical links between cities, coastal towns and surrounding regions worldwide.


Centre for Urban and Community Research

CUCR is a well established interdisciplinary research centre within Goldsmiths’ Department of Sociology with a distinguished history of collaboration with local communities and activists. It combines theoretical investigation with critical ‘local’ project implementation from Deptford to Jakarta. This blog contains words and images produced by CUCR members, giving insights into their research and projects. Please feel free to leave comments and check back for regular updates.


Markéta Luskačová

Born in Prague. Degree in sociology of culture at Charles University, Prague 1967, theses on traditional form of religion in Slovakia accompanied with photographs of pilgrims. 1967 – 1969 studied photography FAMU, Prague. Since 1968 freelance photographer.


Camilo José Vergar

For more than four decades I have devoted myself to photographing and documenting the poorest and most segregated communities in urban America. I feel that a people’s past, including their accomplishments, aspirations and failures, are reflected less in the faces of those who live in these neighborhoods than in the material, built environment in which they move and modify over time. Photography for me is a tool for continuously asking questions, for understanding the spirit of a place, and, as I have discovered over time, for loving and appreciating cities.