Dr Andy Fisher

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Visual Cultures
Department Visual Cultures
Email a.t.fisher (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7496
Dr Andy Fisher

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Fine Art/Art Theory (Slade School of Art, UCL)
  • MA Modern European Philosophy (Middlesex University)
  • BA Fine Art (Chelsea College of Art & Design)


Dr Andy Fisher teaches on the BA 1st year module Space & Time and the BA 2nd and 3rd module Patterns of Perception.

Areas of supervision

Photography; the history, theory and philosophical discourses of and around photography, digital imaging and related technologies; recent and contemporary art and art theory; critical and political discourses of imaging practices; phenomenological and post-phenomenological thought.

Featured work

'On the Scales of the Photographic', Too Big to Scale, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland, 7-8 May 2015

'Photography and Scale', On Being the Right Size: Science, Technology and Scale, UCL, London, 29 April 2015

Awards, grands and media appearances

An Interview with Luciano Zubillaga (video interview with Luciano Zubillaga to accompany publication of his film Soundtrack for a Lost Film), Filmmarmalade, October 2010.

An Interview with Sara Preibsch (video interview with Sara Preibsch to accompany publication of her film The Beekeeper), Filmmarmalade, 2008.

Research Interests

Photography, networked digital imaging and its political and philosophical discourses. Social and political structures of perception informing photography and related media. Relationships between technical image forms and phenomenological thought, with a particular emphasis on the writings of Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

Andy's current work engages with the intertwined geographical, political, technical and phenomenological meanings of scale and sequence in historical and contemporary forms of photography. He is in the process of completing a book entitled: On a Photographic Scale: The Spaces, Times and Social Form of the Contemporary Image.





Merleau-Ponty Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts
Fisher, Andrew. 2018. Merleau-Ponty Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts. London: I.B. Taurus. ISBN 9781848857995

Edited Book

Photography and Literature in the Twentieth Century
Cunningham, David; Fisher, Andrew and May, Sas, eds. 2005. Photography and Literature in the Twentieth Century. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 978-1-9043-0346-6

Edited Journal

Philosophy of photography
Fisher, Andrew and Rubenstein, Daniel, eds. 2010. Philosophy of photography, Philosophy of Photography, . 20403682

Book Section

Imaginative Variation: Photographic Scale & Photographic Horizons
Fisher, Andrew. 2017. Imaginative Variation: Photographic Scale & Photographic Horizons. In: Florian Dombois and Julie Harboe, eds. Too Big to Scale: On Scaling Space, Number, Time and Energy. Zurich: Scheidegger & Spiess Verlag, pp. 17-32. ISBN 9783858817938

Photographic Scale
Fisher, Andrew. 2013. Photographic Scale. In: Daniel Rubinstein; Johnny Golding and Andrew Fisher, eds. On The Verge of Photography: Imaging Beyond Representation. Birmingham: ARTicle, pp. 151-169. ISBN 978-1-873352-02-1


Photo-surveillance and the emplaced déraciné
Fisher, Andrew. 2014. Photo-surveillance and the emplaced déraciné. Photographies, 7(1), pp. 53-65. ISSN 1754-0763

Photographic Scale
Fisher, Andrew. 2012. Photographic Scale. Philosophy of Photography, 3(2), pp. 310-329. ISSN 2040-3682

Out of photography … Interview with Ariella Azoulay
Fisher, Andrew and Rubenstein, Daniel. 2011. Out of photography … Interview with Ariella Azoulay. Philosophy of Photography, 2(1), pp. 3-20. ISSN 20403682

The Involution of Photography
Fisher, Andrew. 2009. The Involution of Photography. Radical Philosophy(157), ISSN 0300 211X

Beyond Barthes: Rethinking the Phenomenology of Photography
Fisher, Andrew. 2008. Beyond Barthes: Rethinking the Phenomenology of Photography. Radical Philosophy(148), ISSN 0300 211X