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Charles Fox

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham School of Art & Design

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Charles is a part time lecturer working on the BA Photography Degree teaching both Visual Practice and critical Practice.

Career overview

Charles has Worked predominantly in South East Asia since 2005 with a particular focus on Cambodia. Worked for a range of publications and was part of Getty Images Global Assignments. His work has received wide international publicity, on the BBC, The Sunday Times, GEO Germany, The National Geographic, Time magazine, The Washington Post, and WIRED, amongst others.

Charles has also worked for a range of International NGOs working with them to create compelling imagery to document their programs, including UNICEF, WFP, DCA, CARE ActionAid and Christian Aid.

His long-term projects are focusing on the legacy of conflict, looking at its multiple manifestations and how the present is affected by the rulings and actions of the past.

His work in Cambodia has led to a range of outputs including the continued research project Found Cambodia which looks at how Cambodian society  post genocide through photography.

A major output from the Found Cambodia project is the book ‘Buried’ which is an intimate sharing of the journey of one Cambodian family through their buried photographs pre-Khmer Rouge, and subsequent photographs as they journeyed through the refugee camps in Thailand and the Philippines and settled in the USA.Buried continues to receive national and international attention.

External activity



  • ‘Under the Shadows’ – Lakeside Arts –Nottingham – August 2020


  • ‘Buried’ – Meta House, Phnom Penh, Cambodia


  • A Poetics of Space, Images of Con Dao - National justice Museum, Nottingham
  • Post-Repost-Share exhibition, PhotoBangkok 2018 (July), Bangkok Art and Culture centre (BACC)
  • Found Cambodia at Nottingham Trent University School Research Day ( June)


  • “De-Miner Divers” New School, Paris, France


  • “De-Miner Divers” solo three month exhibition at the Brunei Gallery, London. UK
  • “De-Miner Divers” Hawk Centre, Adelaide, Australia
  • “De-Miner Divers” New School,   New York, USA


  • 10 years of ActionAid Cambodia. The exhibition toured key provinces where ActionAid works


  • “Mumbai Male Masseurs” META HOUSE - Phnom Penh - Cambodia.


  • “Mumbai Male Masseurs” solo three month exhibition at the Brunei Gallery, London.

Talks / conferences


  • “Finding Photographic Practice in Southeast Asia” guest speaker  in conversation with Brian Arnold (Photographer, Writer, and Translator) and Pamungkas W.S., M.Sn (Lecturer of Photography Department, ISI Yogyakarta), Moderated by Adya Arsita, S.S., MA. Organised by Photography Department, FSMR, ISI Yogyakarta and American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS) 23 June 2020.


  • Artists talk – ‘Buried’ – Off-Centre Festival, Nottingham
  • Book-talk and panel discussion – ‘Buried’ – The Photographers’ Gallery, London
  • Book-talk and panel discussion – ‘Buried’ – The Weiner Holocaust and Genocide Library, London
  • Book-talk and panel discussion – ‘Buried’ – Meta House, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Artist talk and workshop – ‘Buried’ – SA SA Arts – Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Conference presentation – Cracking the Established Order: Practice based research in Academia – De Montfort University, Leicester
  • Workshop – Con Dao images – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


  • Artist Talks at PhotoBangkok on The Deminer divers project, to be presented alongside the dive team leader Sok Chenda (July)
  • APHA Conference, University of South Wales, Paper: ‘Found Cambodia’: Archiving the visual vernacular of post-conflict
  • Images of War: The Still Image in conflict since 1945, Manchester Metropolitan University, Paper: Submerged Past: Photographing the Underwater   Deminers of Cambodia


  • SOAS, Seminar, Organised jointly by SEA Currents 2017, Department of Anthropology (SOAS) and the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies (SOAS) Found Cambodia: Photography and Social Memory after 1979



  • Buried’ – Catfish Books
  • Bomb Divers’ – Catfish Books


  • A poetics of space – images of Con Dao’ – Pavement Books


A Fragile Past: Exploring One Family's Narrative Through the Photographs They Buried
Charles Fox
Volume 10Issue 2Ten Years of the Trans Asia Photography Review / Notes from the Field, Spring 2020

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