anita strasser


I am a photographer / visual sociologist based in Deptford, south-east London. I studied Photography at the London Institute, College of Printing (now London College of Communication), completed a Masters inPhotography and Urban Cultures at the Sociology Department of Goldsmiths College, University of London, and am currently doing an AHRC-funded PhD in Visual Sociology at the same institution. My main research interests are urban communities, the regeneration and gentrification of London, the representation of class, visual research methods and participatory photographic practice. My PhD researches the impact of gentrification on Deptford’s working-class population and in January 2020 I published the book Deptford is Changing: a creative exploration of the impact of gentrification – the outcome of a 2-year community arts project which worked with over 160 residents. I also write a research blog where I post findings of my research or stories connected to the changing face of Deptford. I am also interested in mountain folk, walking/­mountaineering as sociological practice, storytelling and oral histories. In October 2020 I published my first mono­graph in German Erzäh­lungen aus dem Steinernen Meer (Tales from the Stone Sea), a visual ethnography and oral history of a mountain range in the Austrian/Bavarian Alps.

I am a member of the Centre for Urban and Community Research at Goldsmiths, Urban Photographers Association and the International Visual Sociology Association. I have exhibited my work widely in many (inter)national solo and group shows (click to see CV). I work as an Academic Support Tutor on the Masters Programme for Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication (LCC). I also support students on Art & Design Courses at University of the Arts London. (I also have a background in teaching and a Masters in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching from King's College, London).