Jamie House
, United Kingdom
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Tel: 01752 564419
Brief Summary
My practice focuses on producing imagery using mail art and pinhole photography to examine the role of the `stranger` in society and why we are interested in people we don’t know, these images show chance encounters and intimate double exposure visual portraits, of people who have not met in person and only meet by the mediated gaze of the pinhole camera, relates to our way we remotely interact with others in the information age.

These images were a result of me sending a call out over the internet for people’s mail addresses. When I received the participant’s addresses I sent them a pinhole camera disguised as a parcel and asked them to take a portrait of themselves, and send it back to me and then I took a portrait of myself the resulting imagery is a ghostly spectral trace of two faces with their physiognomic features merged.
Jamie is a socially engaged, practising photographer who uses pinhole cameras. He collaborates with people worldwide, from established artists such as Jo Babcock and Justin Quinnell to emerging talents. Jamie use the collective power of mail art to realise his ideas and empower people.
Jamie’s latest project stranger is a collaborative pinhole photography project that examines the role of the `stranger` in society collaborating with people across the globe
Jamie has used pinhole photography and mail art in previous projects such as Pinhole Parcel Project where he constructed cameras disguised as parcels and posted them around the world, mapping the world with light.

Jamie is an Internationally exhibited artists most recent exhibitions include:

2010-That Gallery Hong Kong, Unwrap your mind Exhibition.
2010 Goa International Pinhole exhibition, New Delhi, touring to Goa and Mumbai.
2009-”X-ray of Fear”. Spain The gallery of the Educational Sciences Faculty (University of A Coruña)..
2009-”X-ray of Fear”. Spain Central gallery, Campus of Pontevedra (Universidade de Vigo).
2009- Camera obscura, Trerice at national trust property Cornwall, permanent camera obscura tent and light experimentation chamber, re-creating experiments by Isaac Newton. Aristotle and Grimaldi. Collaboration with pinhole photographer Justin Quinnell.
2009 – Ersatz camera work exhibition, San Francisco (U.S.A), collaboration with Jo Babcock.

National Trust
New Scientist
Professional Experience

With 9 years experience as an exhibiting fine-art photographer and 6 years experience as an educator, working in dedicated and non-dedicated learning environments, Jamie specialises in experimental and pinhole Photography, also using mail art in his socially engaged practice.
Jamie’s involvement and dedication to extra-curricular opportunities for learners ensure student’s experiences are transformative and relevant.Jamie ensures students have appropriate industry standards for employment, and academic knowledge to further progress in their studies.

Penelee House Museum and Art gallery-Pinhole workshop and curated an exhibition at the gallery of the work produced (Feb 2011)
Plymouth College of Art-Saturday Arts Club 14-19 years Photography and drawing workshops that will result in an exhibition at London for the Sorrel Foundation.(Sept- 2010-Ongoing)
Plymouth Arts Centre-Delivering Pinhole digital Photography workshop for learners aged 16-25 for their project in association with the Camper Camera Obscura. (Oct 2010)
Plymouth College of Art Summer Mix-Teaching young learners aged 14-18 photographic skills (Aug 2010)
FOTONOW-Lecturer for this photography organisation that helps young people appreciate their life and surroundings through photography. Worked on projects in partnership with architecture week. I worked with a local image bank where I assisted students to interpret and make a body of work that responds to their archive of images (Aug 2010)
Plymouth college of Art-Part-time lecturer in TV media and film F.E.BTEC National Diploma in Photography, Films Arts FDa Yr 1.Foundation and Extended Degree in Art and Design.(2009-Ongoing)
Plymouth College of Art,- Workshop with Justin Quinnell on pinhole photography, teaching adult learners historical approaches to pinhole photography. (Aug 2009)
University for the Creative Arts, Maidstone – Workshop Leader and Technician in the FE photography department. I conducted lessons on contemporary photographers and artists, taught alternative processes from liquid light to toning techniques, instructed students in the use of digital and analogue SLR cameras, computer programmes, tape/slide machines, and medium and large format cameras (for BA students). I also managed the black and white darkroom and photography stores, and daily answered technical and theoretical questions. (Sept 2004 - 2008)
Ashbrough house nursing home-I worked as a care assistant, helping people with frontal lobe dementia. Which involved undertaking personal care and verbal reassurance and communicating with family and friends also managers and care home owners and nurses.(2009)
Haven-Care- Worked as a support worker foir people with mental health issues and learning disabilities.
Aim Higher – Taught seven art-specialist school teachers from Kent for a two-day workshop. I wrote the brief entitled “Instant Imaging” covering photomontage, photograms and cyanotype printing. I led participants in investigating these old techniques and contextualising them within contemporary photographic practice. (June 2007)

Making It - A West Kent Arts Partnership initiative funded by local authorities and Arts Council England. (Sept 2006- 07)

I taught a series of weekly experimental workshops to adults with no art-related background in four towns within West Kent. I covered macro photography, using microscopes to take photographs, underwater photography, pinhole photography, photograms, and cyanotypes. I also taught portfolio presentation, framing and mounting skills. In Maidstone, these workshops culminated in me selecting work and curating an exhibition for the students at Maidstone Museum.

Widening Participation - Teaching children from schools ages 15-17 photographic skills ranging from pinhole photography to liquid light as a taster day workshop. (Oct 2007)

Rochester School of Mathematics I taught the theory and practice of pinhole photography to students aged 11-18 on a Gifted and Talented programme for two days. (Jun 2007)

Aim Higher - Taught photographic workshops for a one-week art summer school for vulnerable students with various disabilities and learning difficulties. (July 2006)

Paul Dixon Photography – Photographic Assistant. I took responsibility for setting up flash and tungsten lighting on location and in the studio. I used a variety of digital large and medium format cameras, processed the final image and manipulated it in Photoshop. The work I assisted with varied from catalogue shots to landscape gardens. (2004)

Clifton Pro-Lab - I played a major role in the daily running of a professional processing laboratory where my duties included colour and black and white processing and black and white and R-type prints to exhibition standards. I also copied flat artwork and performed slide duplication. (2000-2001)

Redland Photography - I assisted a photographer who specialised in industrial and architectural photography, helping to take images of scale models and producing architectural blueprints. (1999-2000)


2010- PGCE in Post Compulsory Education in the Lifelong Learning Sector

2009-Level 3 NCFE business Studies for the creative arts

2004 – 2:1 in BA (Hons) Visual Communication: Photomedia

2001 – Merit in RSA Advanced diploma in Foundation Photography and Audio Visual Studies

2000 - A In A-level Photographic Studies

1999 - Merit in BTEC National Diploma in Design

1998 - City and Guilds in Advanced Black and White Photography

1997 - NVQ Level 1 & 2 in Stonemasonry/Sculpture.

Grades B-C in GCSE in: Music, Religious Studies, Nuffield Double Science, Maths, English Literature, English Language, Geography, Art and Design.


-Fully qualified Red Cross first aider
-C.O.S.H.H registered Health and Safety
-C.R.B registered
-Institute for Learning
-Public Liability Insurance


London Independent Photography-UK member
Young Photographers United-Belgium
Outpost Contemporary art Norwich-UK member


-Super 8mm Film Course at the Phoenix Centre, Brighton, taught by artist/filmmaker Ian Helliwell, doing stop frame animation, scratch animation, editing techniques
-Analogue Electronic Music Course, taught by artist Ian Helliwell, making analogue music instruments, from Theremins to ring modulators.


-Event Management
I co-organise experimental creative events called Lab Nights which showcase the work of emerging and established artists and performers, and provide creative activities and resources for audiences. www.labnights.com
-Music Composition
I create electronic compositions on computer using electronic instruments alongside sounds I have recorded, noise generators I have constructed or adapted and found sound. I have performed my compositions live and have gained some radio play.
-Collecting Contemporary Photography
I collect contemporary photography by emerging and mid-career photographers.
2010-Plymouth Arts Centre. `Stranger` project part of U: 1 arts collective group show.
2010- Atomino Festival Germany. `Stranger` project Solo Show
2010-That Gallery Hong Kong, Unwrap your mind Exhibition.
2010- Goa International Pinhole exhibition, New Delhi, touring to Goa and Mumbai.
2009-"X-ray of Fear". Spain The gallery of the Educational Sciences Faculty (University of A Coruña)..
2009-"X-ray of Fear". Spain Central gallery, Campus of Pontevedra (Universidade de Vigo).
2009- Camera Obscura, Trerice at national trust property Cornwall, permanent camera obscura tent and light experimentation chamber, re-creating experiments by Isaac Newton. Aristotle and Grimaldi. Collaboration with pinhole photographer Justin Quinnell.
2009 – Ersatz camera work exhibition, San Francisco (U.S.A), collaboration with Jo Babcock.
2009-Travelling Light, London/Venice 53rd biennale exhibition.
2007 - Photo London Month, Arts Pavilion at Mile End, Pinhole Balloon Project
2007 - London Independent Photography, 19th Annual exhibition, Cottons Atrium, London SE1, Pinhole Balloon Project
2007 - Dali Gallery, Southbank London, Re-Generation. Group exhibition dealing with the artistic visualisation of cancer and its many forms
2007 - The River Medway, Light Wave - A floating light sculpture. I created an immersive light environment installed under the millennium bridge on the river Medway, in Maidstone, Kent, as part of the river festival. I received a cultural grant to fund it, and as part of this project I ran workshops with local primary school children, where they made light-based sculptures and learned basic photographic skills
2007 - Maidstone Library Gallery, In the Loop. I exhibited my pinhole balloon project in an exhibition that was supported by University for the Creative Arts and Kent County Council
2007 - Liverpool Biennial Fringe Museum MAN. A group exhibition using found photographic work
2007 - End Gallery, Sheffield Hallam University, Objects in Waiting. An exhibition using found objects
2007 - Surface Gallery, Nottingham, Pinhole Parcel Project. Exhibiting a Mail Art project
2006 - Waterloo Gallery, London, Bookmarked. Hand-made bookmarks reacting to ideas of W.G. Sebald books
2006 - Leeds Project “y”. Pyschogeography project ending in an exhibition, publication and website.
2006 - Start Contemporary Gallery, Brighton Photo Fringe Festival, zoophyte. Group exhibition of pinhole photographic work
2006 - Red Gate Gallery, London, Unknown Control. Group exhibition of photographic and installation work with Mark Selby and Jane Packham
2006 - Euro-Art Gallery, London, Pinhole Parcel Project solo show
2006 - Surface Gallery, Nottingham, 2D Lens Based Exhibition, Light/Dark
2004 - London Independent Photography 14th Annual Exhibition, Helios Chamber. Documentation and images of camera obscuras I made in old bomb shelters around West Kent
2004 - Waterloo Gallery, London. Group exhibition of photographic work
2003 - Brick Lane, London, 1941-1999 Group exhibition of photographic work
1999 - Watershed Gallery Bristol, Wing Walker’s Project. Photo-montage and mixed media work in collaboration with two other artists.


2010-The Hub, Contemporary Art Magazine London, Interview with editor about my practice.
2010-The Pinhole Camera, Interview with author Brain Krummel for his forthcoming book.
2010-Plymouth Herald Newspaper, Article on my teaching practice at PCA
2009-Light Leaks Magazine (U.S.A) Sept Issue 15: Pinhole special
2009-Country Life magazine, Article on Camera Obscura in Trerice.
2009- New Scientist magazine, Article published concerning camera obscura and light experiments ,and research on these devices.
2009 – Ersatz camera work exhibition catalogue, San Francisco (U.S.A), collaboration with Jo Babcock.
2009-Telegraph newspaper, Article published about England’s largest camera obscura in National trust property in Trerice ,a collaborative project with Justin Quinnell.
2009- Peep, contemporary arts magazine, Article published about my practice as a pinhole photographer.
2009-Without Lenses, Article published about Pinhole Litter Project and Pinhole Parcel Project.
2008 - Inscape Magazine, “Life” Issue, Geoff. Series of photographs.
2007 - Artist Quarter Quarterly Interview on the Lab Nights event-series I organise
2006 - London Independent Photography Magazine Pinhole Parcel Project. Images and article
2006 - Museum MAN, Bookwork. Documentation of collaborative project
2005 - Wind Blown Clouds by Alec Finlay. Front-cover image plus images inside book

Public Talks/Lectures

2010-Plymouth College of Art Visiting artist lecture on my pinhole practice and Camera Obscura building work.
2009- Saltash Environmental Action Group Gave a talk on my project: Pinhole Litter Project.
2009-Plymouth College of Art, Creative Business Services. Gave a Lecture on the Science and Art of Pinhole Photography with Photographer Justin Quinnell.



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