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Laura Cuch


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Laura Cuch

PhD researcher


AHRC Project: Making Suburban Faith

Photographer website: website:

Department of Geography
University College London
Room 214, Second Floor
Pearson Building
Gower Street


(©Laura Cuch)

Thesis title (working):
Food, Faith, Home: A visual exploration of religious and domestic material culture.

Supervised by:

Dr. Claire Dwyer, Reader in Geography at UCL,

Mr. Dryden Goodwin, Reader in Fine Art at UCL

Laura Cuch has been awarded an AHRC studentship to do a practice-based PHD as part of the project 'Making Suburban Faith'

Her doctoral research explores the everyday and domestic material cultures of faith in suburbia through a range of documentary and participatory approaches, which include photography and visual methods.

Laura Cuch is also a researcher at the Centre for Urban and Community Research at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she has been involved as a research assistant in the evaluation led by CUCR of the projects ‘Skills Exchange’ (commissioned by the Serpentine Gallery) and 'Creative Families' (commissioned by the South London Gallery).

Her previous photographic trilogy of portrait projects 'Sleepless' (about people who suffer sleep deprivation); 'No Ma' (about women who know for various reasons that they will never be mothers) and; 'Trans' (about people who had an organ transplant) led her to organise the conference 'Negotiating Subjectivities: A One-Day Symposium Exploring Photography, Health & The Body'. This conference was part of her Visiting Research Fellowship in the Anthropology Department at Goldsmiths with the support of Dr. Christopher Wright.


Laura Cuch is a documentary and fine art photographer.

She completed an MA in Photography and Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2006 and currently teaches on the Goldsmiths based International Urban Photography Summer School (iUPSS) and on the MA Photography and Urban Cultures. She is also a visiting researcher in the Centre for Urban and Community Research in the Sociology department at Goldsmiths.

She has exhibited internationally at Paraty Em Foco (Brazil), Descubrimientos - PhotoEspaña 09, Centro Cultural Blanquerna, Arts Santa Mònica, H2O Gallery, Sala d’Art Jove, Talent Latent/Scan09, Espai Cavallers 31-33 and Emergent09, and has also taken part in group shows in London at the Rich Mix Centre, Photofusion, The Viewfinder Gallery and City University. Her work has been published in Le Monde, Barcelona Metròpolis, El Súmmum, Street Signs and London Independent Photography.

She is a member of the Association of Urban Photographers.

Qualifications and training:

2015        Currently studying a practice-based PhD in Geography at UCL with an AHRC Studentship.

2014        PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Goldsmiths, University of London

2006        MA in Photography and Urban Cultures, Goldsmiths,  University of London - AHRC studentship.

2002        BA in Communication Sciences, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Oct 1998 – Feb 2003)

2004        Photography (three year course), Institut d'Estudis Fotografics de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain



Cuch, Laura (2011): ‘A Trilogy: Sleepless, No Ma, Trans’. Signed Limited Edition 100 Copies (+10 Author Proofs) ISBN O.C. (Trilogy): 978-84-615-6109-4; ISBN (Sleepless): 978-84-615-6220-6; (No Ma) 978-84-615-6221-3; (Trans) 978-84-615-6222-0

Trilogy Sleepless, No Ma, Trans (2011)

Presentations / Conferences:

Cuch, Laura (2015). The Best Place in the World: A biography of home at the conference 'Home and art: creating, performing and researching home', Geffrye Museum, 1st May 2015. London, UK

Cuch, Laura (2015). Photography, performativity and affect: a visual approach to the study of faith in London suburban homes at the conference -'5the International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies 2015', 10-12 June 2015. Edinburgh, UK

Cuch, Laura (2015) Making Suburban Faith: A visual exploration of the religious and domestic at the 'Centre For the Study of Home: Postgraduate Sudy Day', 21st October 2015

Cuch, Laura (2013) Visualising Affect and Emotion in Portrait Photography  at the 2013 International Visual Sociology Association Conference at Goldsmiths, 8-10 July 2013. London, UK.

Cuch, Laura (2012) Sleepless, No Ma, Trans at ‘Photography: Memory, Archives and Authorship’ at Fotosynthesis, 12th October 2012. London, UK

Cuch, Laura (2012) Talk: No Ma, the option of not being a mother at CIRD, 25th May 2012. Barcelona, Spain.

Organiser of Negotiating Subjectivities; A One-Day Symposium on Photography, Health and The Body at Goldsmiths, University of London, 5th November 2011. London, UK



  • Associate Lecturer in Photography, M.A. Photography & Urban Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Associate Lecturer in Photography (Foundation), Media & Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Associate Lecturer in Image Technical Studies (BA), Design Department, Goldsmiths University of London (since
  • Tutor in Photography, International Urban Photography Summer School, Goldsmiths, University of London,