Paul Halliday

Paul’s focus is on urban and fine-art photography, documentary and film, urban ethnography, and narratives of city life.

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Paul Halliday






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Paul is a photographer, film-maker and urbanist who originally trained in photojournalism and fine art film at the London College of Communications (LCC) and Central Saint Martin’s Art College. He did postgraduate studies in social anthropology, archaeology and art history at Goldsmiths College and the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Paul's main focus is on urban and fine-art photography, documentary and fine art film, landscape and portraiture, urban ethnography, materialities and narratives of city life. He has worked on a number of long and medium-term photographic projects including a twenty-year project about London’s streets and public places, a project focusing on urban objects and materialities, and a recently completed project about global spaces and the collapse of geographic certainty.

Professional experience includes directing a Channel 4 documentary about the far-right in London, local government media consultancies, photojournalism and corporate photography, and he is a former media adviser at the British Refugee Council. 


Paul is the programme convenor of the MA in Photography and Urban Cultures.

Publications and research outputs

Conference or Workshop Item

Costa, Carles; Cuch, Laura; Ferrari, Diego; Halliday, Paul; McNeil, Jean and Raich, Llorenç. 2019. 'Co-existence'. In: Cities of Light, Barcelona. Institut d'Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain 21-23 February 2019.


Green, Liz; Halliday, Paul and Peters, Fiona. 2007. Imaging Families: A Research Project. Project Report. Coram Family Parents' Centre, London.

Research Interests

His main research interests are urban photography, visual ethnography, sociology and cultures of art practice, ethnographic and experimental film