James Goodchild is a photographic image maker and educator, whose work is inspired by literature and poetry. A Flâneur with a keen interest in phenomenology, and psychogeography he immerses himself in his surroundings, whether it be the streets of Paris or the mountains of Wales. He possesses an unfaltering curiosity, searching for what can never be found, observing the people and details around him, capturing images that contain surrealist undertones to articulate emotion in the viewer. After being a photography course leader for ten years he began to pursue his personal work after successfully graduating with a Master of Fine Arts in 2017. He is currently studying for a practice-led PhD at the University of Leeds.

Postgraduate Practice-Led Researcher, PhD, University of Leeds, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies.

“James Goodchild's black and white set of photographs are outstanding in their originality. A really stylish and intriguing approach to landscape photography which is refreshing to see.” Fiona Shields : Head of Photography at the Guardian.

“…they become not so much pictures of a place but pictures that evoke a certain feeling of being in a place, of being a little lost but finding ones way through the darkness, always looking for something just out of sight.” Olivia Arthur : Magnum Photographer.

Selected Exhibitions & Venues:

2024 Format Festival, The QUAD, Derby
2024 Revela't Festival, Vilassar de Balt, Barcelona
2023 Bound Art Book Fair, The Whitworth Gallery, Manchester
2023 Hiraeth, The Project Space, Leeds
2023 Book Fair, Impressions Gallery, Bradford
2023 Wales Artists' Book Fair, Hafan Yr Afon, Newtown
2023 Revela't Festival, Vilassar de Balt, Barcelona
2023 Signs of Impermanence, Jinny Gallery, Tokyo
2022 Fiebre Photobook Festival, Galería de Cristal, Madrid
2022 Fanzineist Open, Fanzineist, Vienna
2022 Manchester Open, HOME, Manchester
2021 The Soul and the Operator, Magma, Manchester
2020 Manchester Open, HOME, Manchester
2019 0-20° EAST, Magma, Manchester
2019 Book Fair, Impressions Gallery, Bradford
2018 Brighton Photo Fringe, ONCA, Brighton
2018 Artists Bookmarket, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh
2017 Book Fair, Impressions Gallery, Bradford
2017 THIS IS IT, Holden Gallery, Manchester


0-20° EAST: Held by Benaki Museum, Athens
0-20° EAST: Held by Fiebre Photobook Library, Madrid
SIGNS OF IMPERMANENCE, Zero Feedback Publications, Tokyo
SOURCE Issue 84 MA/MFA Guest Selection by Olivia Arthur 2017
SOURCE Issue 91 MA/MFA Guest Selection by Fiona Shields 2015

Talks and Symposiums:

Northern Eye Photography Festival 7-8.10.2023, Oriel Colwyn, Colwyn Bay
PGR Symposium 13.10.2022, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds, Leeds
Symposium For Artistic Research In Analog Photography 4-6.03.2022, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki