Dr Sara Davidmann


Senior Research Fellow in Photography, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London (LCC/UAL)


  • PhD, Photography practice-based), LCC, UAL 2007
  • MFA, State University of New York at Buffalo, N.Y., USA 1980
  • MA, University of Central England at Birmingham 1977
  • BA (Hons), 1st class awarded, University of Northumbria at Newcastle 1976


Solo Exhibitions

  • Ken. To be destroyed, Museum of Liverpool, 2014
  • Ken. To be destroyed, LimeWharf Gallery, Fringe! Film and Arts Festival, London 2014
  • Ken. To be destroyed, PARcSPACE Gallery, LCC, 2014
  • Ken. To be destroyed, University of Victoria, B.C., Canada, 2014
  • Ken. To be destroyed, Homotopia’s 10th Anniversary Arts Festival, Unity Theatre, Liverpool, 2013
  • In/visible Genders, LBGT Centre, Paris. 2009
  • transfiguration, FUTURE*QUEER, University College Dublin. 2006
  • nu-gender, APT Gallery, London. 2003
  • Orlando's Butterflies, MOMA Oxford, Lower Gallery. 2000

Two Person Exhibitions

  • Extreme. Collaboration with Catherine Faulds. The Glass Tank, Oxford Brookes University 2015
  • Every Noble Work Is At First Impossible, Collaboration with Prof. Stephen Whittle OBE. Somatechnics, Sydney. 2007

Group Exhibitions

  • Trans* Portraits. In April Ashley: Portrait of a Lady. Liverpool Museum. 2013 – 2015
  • Trans*_Homo: of lesbian Trans* gays and other Normalities, Schwules Museum, Berlin. 2012
  • ReImag(in)ing SomaSex, Macquarie University Gallery, Sydney. 2009
  • Censored, SHOUT Festival, Birmingham. 2009
  • Getting Wed. Collaboration with Prof. Stephen Whittle OBE, ‘Transfabulous’, 1st International Festival of Transgender Arts, London. 2006
  • Somatechnics, Macquarie University Gallery, Sydney. 2005
  • Basel Art Fair, Schweizer Mustermesse, Basel, Switzerland. 2000
  • Paris Photo, The Louvre Carousel, Paris, France. 2000


  • finds 1. Curated for the Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC). Exhibition at The Well Gallery, LCC, UAL. 2011
  • Trans Lives: Presenting the (Extra) Ordinary. Co-curated with Simon Croft. Exhibition at Transfabulous International Arts Festival, London, 2008. This exhibition was subsequently presented on a looped show-reel, Trans Lives: Presenting the (Extra) Ordinary, at The Trans Community Conference: Our Bodies, Our Minds, Our Environments, London, 2008



  • Crossing the Line (2003). Stockport: Dewi Lewis Publishing.


  • Ken. To be destroyed (2014). Williams, V. (ed.). Fieldstudy 19. London: Photography and the Archive Research Centre, LCC, UAL

  • trans agenda: transsexual portraits (2004). Duncan, J. (ed.). Source Photographic Review. Issue 39. Belfast: Photoworks North.

Book Chapters

  • Transsexual Experiences: Photography, gender and the case of the emperor's new clothes (2014). In Zabus, C. & Coad, D. (eds.). Transgender Experience: Found in transition. New York: Routledge.

  • Beyond Borders: Lived experiences of atypically gendered transsexual people (2010). In Hines, S. & Sanger, T. (eds.). Transgender Identities: Towards a social analysis of gender diversity. London: Routledge.

Journal Articles

  • Queering the Trans* Family Album (2015). Co-authored with Elspeth Brown. In Marshall, D., Tortorici, Z. & Murphy, K. (eds.). Queering Archives: Intimate tracings. Special Journal Issue Radical History Review. Issue 122.

  • Imag(in)ing Trans Partnerships: Collaborative photography and intimacy (2014). Pfeffer, C. (ed.). Trans Sexualities. Special Journal Issue Journal of Homosexuality. Vol. 61, issue 5. Abingdon: Taylor and Francis.

  • Border Trouble: Photography, strategies, and transsexual identities (2006). Anderson, N. & Sullivan, N. (eds.). SCAN: Journal of media, arts, culture. Vol. 3, issue 3. Refereed online journal: http://scan.net.au/scan/journal/index.php.

Special Journal Issue Co-Editor

  • Queering Photography (2014). Special Journal Issue Photography and Culture. Vol. 7, issue 3. London: Bloomsbury. Co-edited with Elspeth Brown and Bruno Ceschel.


  • Wellcome Trust Small Grant 2011
  • AHRC Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts 2007 – 2010
  • Associate Project Award, Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation, UAL 2010
  • AHRC Research Grant 2009
  • British Council Overseas Conference Award 2009
  • Promising Researcher Fellowship, Wimbledon School of Art 2006
  • AHRC Doctoral award, 2003 – 2005
  • University of the Arts London Doctoral studentship 2002 – 2003
  • AHRC Small Grant in the Creative and Performing Arts 2001 – 2002
  • Development Fellowship, Association of Commonwealth Universities 1996
  • Fulbright Hays Award, Fulbright Hays Commission 1978 – 1980


  • Photography and Queerness. Study afternoon, Moose on the Loose Research Biennale, Photography and the Archive Research Centre. Presenters: Del LaGrace Volcano, Sunil Gupta, Grace Lau, Ope Lori, Bruno Ceschel. May 2013

  • Three day research symposium: Researching Effectively: Medical Histories; The International Impact of the Medical Diagnosis of Transsexuality on Local Gender Variant Identities, held at Manchester Metropolitan University. Funded by a Wellcome Trust Small Grant, June 2011

  • One day Photography Symposium: Photographic Portraiture - Transgressive and Transformative Potentials, a one-day Photography Forum held at Chelsea College of Art, UAL. Co-organised with Dr Wiebke Leister, Senior Lecturer, MA Photography, LCC. Funded by an Associate Project Award, Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation, UAL. 2010


  • Queering Trans* Archives, Panel Roundtable, Moving Trans* History Forward international conference, University of Victoria, Victoria B.C. 2014

  • Keynote Speech: Re-imag(in)ing life-making, or queering the somatechnics of reproductive futurity. Co-authored with Queer theorist Assoc. Prof. Nikki Sullivan, Macquarie University, Sydney. Given at ‘Somatechnical Figurations: Kinship, Bodies, Affects’ international conference, Södertörn University, Stockholm 2012

  • Are You Looking At Me? ‘Collaborations’ Symposium, LCC, UAL 2011

  • Queer Conceptions: Procreation Beyond Gender, given at Queer Again? Power, Politics and Ethics conference, Humboldt University, Berlin 2010

  • Private Selves and Public Appearances: Lived Experiences of Atypically Gendered Transsexual People. Appearance Matters 4 conference, The Centre for Appearance Research, University of the West of England, Bristol 2010

  • Transcendent Genders: Private and Public Transsexual Experiences, (Re)Figuring Sex: Somatechnical (Re)Visions, The Fifth International Somatechnics Conference, Macquarie University, Sydney 2009

  • In/visible Genders, given at Transgenders: New Identities and Visibilities international conference, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris-3. 2009

  • Trans Visions: The Experience of Photography and the Self-Visualisation of Transsexual People, given at Transsomatechnics: Theories and Practices of Transgender Embodiment conference, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver 2008

  • Transpositions, Somatechnics conference, Macquarie University, Sydney 2007

  • transfiguration, FUTURE*QUEER conference, University College Dublin 2006

  • Seeing Beyond the Binary Divide, Body Modification Mark II conference, Macquarie University, Sydney 2005

  • The Reflected Image: A Photographic Collaboration with Transmen, InterseXions: Queer Visual Culture at the Crossroads conference, CLAGS, CUNY, N.Y., USA.2004


  • Quests for Lost Histories: In Conversation with Prof. Judith (Jack) Halberstam, Queer and Now Friday Late at the Victoria & Albert Museum. LGBT History Month event, February 2015

  • To Be Destroyed: In Conversation with Zorian Clayton, Assistant Curator of Prints, Victoria & Albert Museum. Discussion to accompany the screening of Ahmed Ateyya’s film about Ken.To be destroyed and Different from the Others, the first Gay Rights film made in 1919. Part of the British Film Institute Flare Festival, February 2015

  • To Be Destroyed: In Conversation with Marcus Dickey Horley, Curator of Access and Special Projects, Tate Modern and Tate Britain. Discussion to accompany the screening of Ahmed Ateyya’s film about Ken.To be destroyed. Moose on the Loose Research Biennale, LCC. PARC May 2015.

  • Ken. To be destroyed, Museum of Liverpool. Part of The Un-Straight Museum conference hosted by Homotopia, June 2014

  • Trans*_Homo: of Lesbian Trans* Gays and Other Normalities. Schwules Museum, Berlin, March 2012


  • Asa Johannesson. Thesis title: Looking Out, Looking In: Representation and the Viewer in Queer Photography. AHRC TECHNE award holder, LCC.

  • Rohit Dasgupta. Thesis title: Digital Queer Spaces: Representing Nationalism, Identity Politics and Queerness in India. International Studentship award holder, LCC.

  • Sam Vale. Thesis title: Collecting Rooms: Objects, Identities and Domestic Spaces. Practice-based thesis in Photography, LCC. AHRC-funded. Completed 2014.

  • Wasma Mansour. Thesis title: Single Saudi Women. Funded by the Ministry of Higher Education, Saudi Arabia, LCC. Completed 2014.