Born in Birmingham, 1979, Robert Darch is a photographer, educator & curator based in the South West of England. He holds an MA with distinction in Photography & the Book and an MFA with distinction in Photographic Arts from Plymouth University. His practice is motivated by the experience of place, in which the physical geography and material cultures of places merge with impressions from contemporary culture that equally influence perception. From these varied sources, both real and imagined, he constructs narratives that help contextualise a personal response to place.
Alongside his photographic practice Robert initiated and continues to run Macula, a collective for young photographers. He also curates work in his studio and exhibition space Dodo as well as in various locations with the Unveil’d festival.
Robert's work has been exhibited and published internationally and featured on various platforms including; Juxtapoz, Lensculture, Photoworks, Fotoroom, Ain’t Bad Magazine and Darwin. His photography was also included in the first Fisheye Photobook, a curated selection of work that was initially featured online.
Robert was nominated for the Mack First Book Prize and the Magnum Graduate Photography Award this year & recently won the single image category 'life' at the Renaissance Photography Prize.
Since completing his MFA in 2016, Robert has started taking on commissioned work, most recently working for the Telegraph Magazine & The Financial Times.