Lisa Barnard’s photographic practice is placed in the genre of documentary.  Her work discusses real events, embracing complex and innovative visual strategies that utilise both traditional documentary techniques with more contemporary and conceptually rigorous forms of representation. Barnard connects her interest in aesthetics, current photographic debates around materiality and the existing political climate. Of particular interest to her is Global Capitalism, the relationship between the military industrial complex, screen based new technologies and the psychological implication of conflict.


“Barnard describes herself as a photographic artist, but her work seems unapologetically political. She pays homage to, and undercuts, the tropes of documentary realism”. Sean O Hagan Guardian Review of Chateau Despair, 2013.


Barnard is an Associate Professor in photography and is programme leader of the MA in documentary Photography and also teaches on the BA in Documentary Photography at The University of South Wales. She has three monographs two with GOST, Chateau Despair and Hyenas of the Battlefield, Machines in the Garden. The Hyenas publication was funded by the Albert Renger Patzsche Book Award, and nominated for the Prix Du Livre at Rencontres D’Arles in 2015. Barnard has a new publication The Canary and the Hammer, published by MACK. The project was funded by the Prestige Grant from Getty Images in 2015.


Group Exhibitions


2015 Sensor FOTOFEST, Houston, Texas, USA Curated by Jennifer Ward with David Birkin, James Bridle, Mahwish Chishty, Pitch Interactive, Trevor Paglen

2015 Evidence FORMAT festival, Derbyshire. Curated by Louise Clements

2013. Engines of War. Gasser and Grunert New York.  Co-curated by Charles Dee Mitchell and Cynthia Mulcahy. Lisa Barnard, David Cotterrell, Jamel Shabazz, Benjamin Lowy, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, Eugene Richards, Anthony Suau, Christopher Morris, Teun Voeten and Heather Ainsworth.

2011. XXI: Conflicts in a New Century. Oak Cliff Cultural Center, Dallas. Co-curated by Charles Dee Mitchell and Cynthia Mulcahy with images by Stephanie Sinclair, James Nachtwey, Chris Anderson, Jamel Shabazz, Eugene Richards, Christopher Morris, Lori Grinker, Rania Matar and Oak Cliff-based independent photographers Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson; British photographers Lisa Barnard, Tim Hetherington and Gary Knight; Middle East photojournalist Natan Dvir; and African photographers Akintunde Akinleye (Nigeria), Guy Tillim (South Africa) and Fatagoma Silue (Ivory Coast). 2011. Collateral Damage. International Festival of Journalism, Sala Cerp of the Rocca Paolina, Perugia.

2011. Collateral Damage. LOOK2011 photography festival in Liverpool. Curated by Paul Lowe and Harry Hardie with images by Simon Norfolk, Tim Hetherington, Zijah Gafic, Paul Lowe, Edmund Clark, Ashley Gilbertson, Brett Van Ort, Mishka Henner, Adam Broomberg and Olivier Chanarin.

2011. Maggie. Photo50 London Art Fair.  Curated by Celia Davis for Photoworks with David Spero. 2010. Bringing the War Home. Impressions Gallery. Curated by Pippa Oldfield with Peter van Agtmael, Sama Alshaibi, Frahad Ahrania, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Edmund Clark, Kay May, Asef Ali Mohammad and Christopher Sims. 2008. Once Upon a Moment in Time. Grand Parade University Brighton. Photography and video education project with Annis Jocelyn, commissioned by Creative Partnerships and Brighton Photo Biennale.

2007. Theatres of War. Schindler Factory, Krakow, Poland. Curated by Mark Power with Luc Delahaye, Geert van Kesteren, Chris Stewart and Donovan Wylie.

2007. Looking for JJ Unicorn Theatre. Funded by Aldgate and Allhallows Barking Foundation.


Solo Exhibitions


2015 ‘Lianzhou Foto Festival, Lianzhou, Southern China. Curated by François Cheval.

2015. ‘Discovery Award‘. Rencontres D’Arles, France. Nominated by Louise Clements

2014. ‘Maggie’ Artist of the Day, Flowers Gallery Cork Street, London.

2011. Maggie Coop Building. Curated by Brighton Photo Biennale Fringe alongside Simon Roberts.

2009. Polska by the Sea. Eastbourne train Station. Funded by Lewes Live Literature. 2008. Virtual Iraq. Phoenix Place, Lewes. Brighton Photo Biennale Fringe.

2007. Looking at Theatre. Unicorn Theatre, London.

2006. PTSD. Tavistock Clinic, London.


On permanent display at the Unicorn Theatre for Children in London are Holograms of the Children’s Laureates:  Quentin Blake, Anne Fine, Michael Morpurgo and Jacqueline Wilson.




2015. Winner of the Getty Images Prestige Grant

2015. Winner of the Genesis and Fujifilm Production Award for ‘Whiplash Tranistion’

2012 Albert Renger-Patzsche Award 2012

2011 Arts Council South East Individual Award. Whiplash Transition

2008 Danny Wilson Memorial Award Brighton Photo Biennial 2008

2008 Arts Council South East Individual Award. Virtual Iraq

2007 Pool of London Partnership Individual Award. Unicorn Theatre

2006/7 Arts Council London/South East Individual Award. Unicorn Theatre 2005 Nagoya University Brighton Award. 2005 Runner up Guardian Student Media Awards

2005 Winner Tom Buckeridge.

2003 Winner Daily Telegraph Visions of Science People/Portrait.





Photographed across four years and four continents, The Canary and The Hammer details our reverence for gold and its role in humanity’s ruthless pursuit of progress. Published by MACK.



With Essays by Dr Julian Stallabrass and Dr Eugenie Shinkle. Published by GOST.



Images of 32 Smiths Square and Margaret Thatcher, with essays by Dr Sarah James and Jeremy Till. Published by GOST.




THE GUARDIAN Photobook of the Month Sean O’Hagan Feb 2015

PAPER JOURNAL A State of War Interview Jan 2015

YET Whiplash Transition Issue #7 Jan 2014

HOTSHOE Whiplash Transition Summer 2014

THE GUARDIAN Andrew Rawnsley Review Chateau Despair 2013

PHOTOWORKS Magazine Maggie 2010 Issue 15

Bringing the War Home, Impressions gallery 2010

PHOTOWORKS Magazine Virtual Iraq Monograph 2008 Issue 11


Selection of Conferences, Talks and Symposium


October 2016 ‘Covert War and Cultures Colliding’ Imperial War Museum, London. With Mahwish Chisty

March 2016  ‘Women and War, Photography Today’ Imperial War Museum, London. With Alison Baskerville

May 2014 ‘As Above So Below – a colloquium on Drone Culture’ at Lincoln University with Derek Gregory and Benjamin Noys. Paper presented “ENSNARED BY THE MACHINE, THE BURDENED PROTAGONIST: The Drone Pilot, The Visual Interface and The Cultural Phenomenon of Trauma.”

Nov 2011 ‘Landscape of War’ conference at the National Media Museum, Bradford, with Paul Lowe, Donovan Wylie, Melanie Friend and Paul Seawright.

OPEN-I Webinar: Conversation with Paul Lowe, Mishka Henner and Harry Hardie on ‘Collateral Damage’

May 2011. Tate Modern, with Simon Norfolk, Julian Stallabrass, Paul Lowe, Mishka Henner, David Campbell and Hilary Roberts.

Mar 2011. Photography Symposium, Falmouth University. Dave White of ‘Duckrabbit’, Anna Stevens of ‘Panos’, Ben Rivers, Gerry Meaudre, Greg Lucas, Joanna Lowry and Trish Morrissey

Jan 2011. London Art Fair and Photoworks, Talks 2011: Politics in Photography with Anna Fox, Ben Burbridge and Gordon Macdonald.

Nov 2010. London College Of Communication and Photofusion. Presentation with Edmund Clarke, Bernadette Buckley and Julian Stallabrass.

Nov 2010. Presentation with Simon Roberts on ’32 Smiths Square’ and ‘The Election Project’.

Oct 2010. Panel Discussion: Bringing the War Home with Pippa Oldfield, Hilary Roberts, Senior Curator of Photographs at the Imperial War Museum.


Selected Reviews