seanpadraicbirnie at icloud dot com



b. 1986


Magnum Photos/Photo London Graduate Photographers Award 2016 winner


M.A. Photography. University of Brighton, 2015


B.A. English Literature & Creative Writing, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2008


Technical demonstrator in Photography, University of Brighton, 09/2015-present

I work as a Technical Demonstrator on the Photography programmes at the University of Brighton, where I deliver beginner and advanced workshops in Adobe applications such as Photoshop and InDesign, studio lighting, and preparation for digital print, and install degree shows, among other things.

Hourly-Paid Lecturer, Photography, University of Brighton, 2017/2018


'Screened' with James William Murray and Alberto Sinigaglia, curated by Benedetta Casagrande for Ardesia Projects, October 2016

Magnum Photos Graduate Photographers Award 2016 winner’s presentation, Screening Room, Somerset House, London, May 2016

'Beyond the Camera,' group exhibition curated by Sian Bonnell, Pingyao International Photography Festival, 2015

'After Desire', M.A. Photography, Graduate Show, University of Brighton, 2015

Night projection, Brighton Photo Fringe, 2013

'Still Lives', group exhibition, Norman Rea Gallery, University of York, 2011

Publications & Talks

I Would Haunt You If I Could, short story collection, Undertow Publications, 2021

'Lucida', short story, in Oculus Sinister, ed. CM Muller, 2020

'Dollface', short story, in Shadows & Tall Trees Vo. 8, Undertow Publications, 2020

'The Turn', short story, in Black Static #74, 2020

‘Other Houses’, novelette, in Black Static #71, 2019

‘Out of the Blue’, novelette, in Black Static #64, 2018

‘Eleanor: Translation & Transmission’, presentation of work-progress, Research Week, University of Brighton, October 2017

‘Haunting the Apparatus’ research presentation at Celebrating Research Week, University of Brighton, October 2016

'The Generosity of Photographs: Eastlake, Barthes, Scruton,' published by Taylor & Francis in the journal Photographies, Vol. 9, Issue 2, September 2016

Magnum Photos Graduate Photographers Award winner talk, May 2016, Somerset House, London

'Touching from a Distance: Spirit & Index,' journal article in Critical Studies, Vol. 2, September 2016

'Touching from a Distance: Spirit & Index,' conference paper, The Practice of (in)Visibility: 4th International CSRG Conference, University of Brighton, June 2015

'An Impossible Task: On Beheld', James William Murray's Beheld artist book, 2015

‘Sleeptalk’, short story published by, 2016

'Sister' short story published in Black Static #31, TTA Press, 2012

'Okay, Bye,' short story in Litro Magazine, 2011

'My Name is A.B.C.' short story in TRANSMISSION Magazine, 2008

'A Young Man Goes To London' short story in TRANSMISSION Magazine, 2007