SPENCERROWELL

BIOGRAPHY

Spencer Rowell PhD (born 1958) is a lens-based artist, teacher, and publisher. Spencer is also a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with a private practice in Soho, Central London, alongside his work with vulnerable adults through the Psychosis Therapy Project, set up in conjunction with Mind in Islington.

Having worked as a photographer for thirty-five years with no formal training, Spencer studied both psychoanalysis and photography, combining his interests in his doctoral project titled, An Exploration of Pathography within Phototherapy, An Analysis of the Photographic Self-Portrait (submitted 2017) and now offers Pathography as a form of therapy that can help artists explore a sense of self.

Spencer is particularly passionate about the experiential nature of art practice — the development and the making of work and its therapeutic possibilities. Spencer is a founding member of Uncertain States, the artist-led collective which publishes lens-based work in the form of a free quarterly broadsheet, distributed to V&A, Baltic, Ikon, Turner Contemporary and other national galleries, with the support of Arts Council England. As part of Uncertain States focuses on the concerns of contemporary photographic practices, helping to develop an extensive community, and opportunities for lens-based artists.