Having spent 20 years working in London’s photographic production industry, Rob shares this professional practice and links to industry are embedded within the students photographic practice modules. Thereby ensuring that knowledge and skills underpin the learning experience.

Rob is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Prior to his role as a lecturer at University of Cumbria, Rob successfully ran a C-type hand printing service for artists and photographers who specialise in film. Clients included Stephen Gill, Tom Wood, Bertien van Manen, Hannah Starkey. Printwork is held in public and private collections from V&A Museum, Tate Modern, MOMA and the National Media Museum.

His MA studies focused on disruptions and discussions surrounding the definitions of the Contemporary Sublime, whilst current practice include projects looking at how subjective cultural judgements can be referenced in the relationship between portraiture and text; 'Human Books' deals with the transmission or restriction of information.

By enabling students to explore and innovate with their own solutions to creative situations, as well as always recognizing and supporting individual practice, Rob develops confident, creative and effective photographers. Using diverse strategies involving lectures, demonstrations, seminars and technical workshops, emphasis is placed upon developing the full range of attributes required for successful careers in the image-based visual arts.

Qualifications and memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

MA in Contemporary Fine Art, University of Cumbria, 2015

Member of APHE (Association of Photography in Higher Education)

Member of Redeye - The Photography Network

Academic and research interests

The changing role and purpose of analogue processes in a digital image landscape.

Contemporary photographic portraiture.

Issues surrounding competences and selection of technical process-led practice, and their affect upon conceptual development of project work.

Collaborative working.


Rob Sara Photographic printing has produced works for:

Gill, S, 2014. Pigeons. 1st ed. London: Nobody Books.

van Manen, B, 2015. Beyond Maps and Atlases. 1st ed. London: Mack Books.

van Manen, B, 2012. Let’s sit down before we go. 1st ed. London Mack Books.

Gill, S, 2014. Talking to Ants. 1st ed. London: Nobody Books.

Broom, D. Dooley,S. 2015. Craigellachie: The Romantic and the Pragmatic. 1st ed. Fife: Landlocked.

Wood, T. 2015. Paysages Intimes. Centre Cultural Irlandais, Paris. 13th November 2015 – 10th January 2016

Wood, T, 2014. Cynefin. Centre d’Art et Photographie. Lectoure, France.

Gallerie, Sit Down, 75003, Paris.

Iddon, H. 2015. A Place to Go. Format Photography Festival, Derby. May 2015