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Jo Sutherst

PhD Student


I am a part-time distance PhD student based in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, UK researching the role of the selfie process in the construction and communication of identity on social media and the impact it has on my own practice. The endless electronic messages and stimulus we receive from social media and other visual sources cause us to analyse and judge ourselves extensively through the eyes of others. The self is eroded and broken down, and as a result, we find ourselves changing who we appear to be to meet the expectations of others. My research uses my personal selfie process to explore the ways in which social media affects the ways in which I present myself online.

As a professional photographer and former secondary school teacher in Design and Technology, I decided in 2019 to undertake my PhD and extend my MA Photography research “Fractured Identities” which used performance, self-portraiture, a series of often comical props, and cosmetics to explore the world of the media generated selfie. The project is available at

I thoroughly enjoy being the co-ordinator and a facilitator for the Shut Up and Write group, as well as attending other sessions to motivate me and to help increase my productivity.  This group of supportive and encouraging PGRs has been influential in helping me to progress

You can follow me on Twitter @JoSutherst and Instagram @jo_sutherst_photography, and hear more about my research on Twitter @CyborgianSelf and Instagram @cyborgian_self. You can also view my website at

Supervisory Team

Professor Gabriella Giannachi and Professor David Houston Jones


2018:                                Royal Photographic Society

Awarded distinction Associate of Royal Photographic Society (ARPS)

2016-2018:                     Falmouth University

MA Photography - Distinction

2012-2013:                     University of Gloucestershire

Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Studies

2009-2010                      University of Gloucestershire and GITEP

PGCE Secondary (Design and Technology)

1986-1991:                     Brunel University

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Photographic Exhibitions and Publications

17/07/23 - 23/07/23                 

Solo Exhibition Title TBC, Lansdown Gallery, Stroud

11/07/22 - 24/07/22

Solo Exhibition Title TBC, Lansdown Gallery, Stroud

27/10/19 - early 2020

Exhibited as part of Temperance Photographic Exhibition, Leamington Spa

Winter 2019                                

Featured artist in ADSHG Members Newsletter (Addison’s Disease Self Help Group)

27/07/19 - 01/09/19

Masked Identities, Forest of Dean Heritage Centre, Gloucestershire (Solo Exhibition)

20/06/19 – 02/07/19

Exhibited as part of Falmouth MA Photography Graduate Show 2019 at theprintspace Gallery, London

June 2019

Deep Water 2019 -

March 2019

The Sladbrook Chapbook, Stroud – featured artist and speaker.

March 2019

14/11/18 onwards

Addison’s Disease in Photographs Instagram Exhibition

Autumn 2018

Featured in Source Magazine Issue 95 Graduate Photography Supplement as a photographer recommended by Maxwell Anderson, Founder, Bemojake Books  

September 2018

IMAGE - The Journal of MA Photography (online) 

August 2018

Source Graduate Photography Online 2018 and Online selections by Maxwell Anderson

August 2018 - July 2019

Exhibited as part of #Landings2018 Online Exhibition at

30/07/18 - 11/08/18

Fractured Identities, Lansdown Gallery, Stroud (Solo Exhibition) – available online at and

July 2018


01/06/18 - 15/11/18

Image exhibited as part of Summer Exhibition, Regency Gallery, Cheltenham

February 2018

Falmouth Flexible University website header image

December 2017

Featured on the The Guardian website

11/12/17 - 11/01/18

Shortlisted and exhibited as part of PICFAIR Women Behind the Lens, The Guardian News and Media Gallery, London

11/08/17 - 18/08/17

Performance and Only Human, Pozers Studio, Cricklade, Swindon (Solo Exhibition)

August 2017 - July 2018

Exhibited as part of Falmouth University’s #Landings2017 exhibition

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