Max Kandola

Max Kandhola

Principal Lecturer

School of Art & Design


Max Kandhola is a Principal Lecturer and Course Leader of BA Hons Photography. He is responsible for the academic leadership, the design,delivery and content of the curriculum. He contributes towards teaching on the undergraduate and postgraduate courses and is involved with research supervision.

Max is interested in supervising PhD students, if you are interested please select the Research tab to see more information about his research field.

Career overview

Max Kandhola has published four monographs,The Aura of Boxing (2013:Dewi Lewis Publishing),Flatland a Landscape of Punjab (2007: Dewi Lewis Publishing), Illustration of Life (co published by Light Work, Syracuse, New York;Impressions Gallery Bradford, England;and Dewi Lewis Publishing, England 2003), Autograph Monograph, Peter Max Kandhola (1996:Autogrpah ABP).Selected published journals, JADE Journal Art Design Education; Portfolio Magazine;Source Magazine; Contact Sheet NY; British Journal of Photography.

Max Kandhola's work is held in numerous collections:

  • The National Archive and Research Centre for Culturally Diverse Photography
  • Autography ABP, London
  • The Deutsche Bank Collection
  • Government Art Collection UK
  • Light Work Syracuse, New York
  • Bradford Museum of Photography Film and Television
  • Wolverhampton  Art Gallery UK
  • Virgin Records UK
  • Birmingham Library photographic collections and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
  • Walsall Art Gallery
  • UB40 and various private individual collections in Europe, USA and India.

Max's work has also be exhibited in the USA, Europe, India and China. Critical essays and reviews by Mark Sealy, Anne Mc Neil, Professor Val Williams, Rhona Wilson, Simon Bainbridge, Chris Arnot, Dr Alka Pande, Gary Hesse, forthcoming essays by Professor David Scott on Boxing.


Research areas


Max Kandhola's research is philosophical-photography used within a cultural discourse, critically observing and questioning the complexity and relationships of the human condition and the politics of representation in photography. Kandhola has used photography to reflect on the following themes: Death and Dying; Urban and rural Landscapes; Faith; British Boxing used as a metaphor to discuss society and cultures. A key area of Max's research has been the Punjabi diaspora in England, using his family as its main subject.

Working as an academic and artist, over the past 10 years Max has continually supported young artists careers and aspirations, through specific personal mentoring in discussing portfolio development,editorial advice for publication, exhibition, and business strategic development within the arts.

Max is interested in practice based research proposals that engage within a political and social context, exploring issues and questions around the following:

  • ancestral (family) narratives in relation to history and heritage - photography used to locate memory, place and landscape.
  • spaces of death and dying - photography, still or moving image, theory and practice dealing with the visual representation of death, dying and trauma in photography
  • our visual cultural history of Faith and Belief
  • photographic exploration within visual cultures of boxing.

External activity

2009-2012 BA Hons Photography; Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin
2010-2012 BA Hons Photography, Faculty of Science, Technology and Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire

Scholarly activity validation of programmes
2010 BA Hons Photography Leeds College of Art, Open University, Re-Validation panel
2009 BA Hons Photography; Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin
2008-2009 BA Hons Photography, Faculty of Science, Technology and Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire

External academic and professional activity2004 - present Mentor to emerging artists, portfolio and business development strategies , bid/fund writing
2007 – 2010 AHRC Peer Review College
2009 - Sept East Midlands Creative Awards Panel
2008 - 2010 Board of Trustees Pavilion, Leeds
2007 - 2008 Pavilion Bursary Award Judging panel member and mentor to the five award-winning artists for the duration of the bursary award
2007 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery Open Award judging panel
2005 - 2007 Board member Pavilion
2006 - 2009 Portfolio Review Panel, November Month of Photography FOTOFO,Bratislava,Slovakia
2005 - 2006 Mentor, Creative Alliance and Seeing The Light Agency
2011 Board Member, Rhubarb-Rhubarb
1992 – present Member, Autograph ABP, Association of Black Photographers,London

Sponsors and collaborators

Max has worked with numerous national and international collaborators. For further information please email Max Kandhola.

  • Photoink Delhi India
  • Autograph ABP Association of Black Photographers,London
  • Light Work, Syracuse, New York
  • Dewi Lewis Publishing, Stockport, England
  • Pavilion, Leeds
  • Birmingham Museum and Library Photographic Archive
  • FOTOFO Month of Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Arts Council England
  • Creative Alliance, Birmingham
  • Portfolio Magazine
  • British Journal of Photography, London
  • Next level, London
  • Museum of Photography Film and Television Bradford
  • Photographic Forum, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Flowers East Gallery, London
  • Arles Photography Festival, France
  • Habitat Art Gallery, Delhi, India
  • Impressions Gallery, England
  • Museum of Photography Film and Television Bradford
  • Photographic Forum, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Seeing The Light and Rhubarb Rhubarb (International Photographic Festival),Birmingham


Full list of publications can be found by clicking on 'go to publications' link above.

Selected publications:

KANDHOLA,M.,2013.The Aura of Boxing, 1st edition,Stockport:Dewi Lewis Publishing.

KANDHOLA,M., 2013. The Last Seven Wonders of Christ & The Gaze I-VII ( Exhibition / installation) at the Church of St Martin in the Bull Ring Birmingham (March-April 2013).

KANDHOLA, M., 2011-2013. The Last Seven Words of Christ (exhibitions) at St Clements Church, Finsbury, London (22 April–31 July 2011); St Mary's Church, Nottingham (6-30 April 2012); St Martins Church, Birmingham (February -April 2013 TBC).

KANDHOLA, M., 2011-2012. The Last Seven Words of Christ, ‘Wounding The Black Male' (exhibitions),CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, USA (14 July - 25 August 2012); Light Work Syracuse, New York (17 January-31 May 2012); TCNJ College of New Jersey Art Gallery, New Jersey (16 March-20 April 2011).

KANDHOLA, M., 2009. Field Notes and Explorations, Central European House of Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia, 14 May–7 June 2009.

KANDHOLA,M., 2007. The Alchemy of Shadows [exhibition catalogue of Third Lianzhou International Photography Festival].LIPF.

KANDHOLA,M.,2007.Flatland:a landscape of Punjab .Stockport:Dewi Lewis Publishing.

DOWNEY,A.and KANDHOLA,M.,2006.The Living is Easy: International Contemporary Photography [catalogue of an exhibition held at Flowers East Gallery, London,August- September,2006]. London:Flowers East.

KANDHOLA,M.,2003. Illustration of Life,1st edition,Stockport:Dewi Lewis Publishing, Impressions Gallery Bradford and Lightwork Syracuse NY.

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Press expertise

Photography; Photography to reflect on death and dying; Photography of urban and rural Landscapes; Photography and faith; Photography exploring British boxing used as a metaphor to discuss society and cultures; Photography and the Punjabi diaspora in England.

Course(s) I teach on

  • Undergraduate | Full-time | 2019