Ellen Nolan

Ellen Nolan

Senior Photography & Fashion Photography Lecturer

  • Academic
  • Professional Practice
Ellen Nolan

Ellen joined UCA Farnham as a photography lecturer in January 2014. She recently transferred to the Rochester campus to teach as a senior lecturer on both the BA Photography and Fashion Photography degrees, and to help write the new MA Fashion Photography course.

Ellen Nolan


Ellen worked previously as a photography lecturer on the MA Fashion Photography degree at LCF for five years. Graduating with an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, London in 2008, she has since exhibited internationally (Arles Festival, France, The Photographers Gallery, London and The National Portrait Gallery, London, where her work is part of their National Collection).

Ellen worked as a successful fashion and portrait photographer and regular contributor over a 15 year period to magazines, including British Vogue, i-D and The Sunday and Saturday. Ellen has shot major fashion advertising campaigns for Dries Van Noten, Levis, Nike and Eley Kishimoto. She also directed pop videos and shot album covers for Beth Orton, amongst international artists. She graduated from Nottingham Trent University, BA Photography (Hons) (1993).

Further information:
The School of Fine Art & Photography website 

Research statement

Ellen’s research focuses on aspects of the representation and performativity in commercial and domestic family photography. Her work considers the use of photography as a means of exploring the act of representation as a meditation on photography and image performance.

Currently Ellen is working with the 1930s archive that belonged to her Great Aunt, Nita Harvey. Nita was a famous actress who won a beauty contest in 1933 and was signed to Paramount Pictures in Hollywood. Ellen is creating a dialogue between the performativity of the domestic portraits of Nita taken by her mother and family, and the professional industry images taken by Paramount Studio photographers, and including as text edited sections of Nita’s words, documented in magazine diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, letters, telegrams and newspaper articles of the time.

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2013)


Commissioned to write and direct short films for:

  • The Post Office (On Photography, featured on Chanel 4) and
  • The Fashion and Cinema Biennale, Florence (2004) commissioned by i-D Magazine.