Rachel Sarah Jones was born in Washington, DC. She attended Columbia University in New York and received her BA in Sociology in 1998. She moved to London in 2000 to study Fine Art at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, where she received a BA in Fine Art in 2004. Upon graduating from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, her work was chosen for Future Map 2004, an exhibition showcasing University of the Arts London's top emerging talent. Rachel received her MA in Photography and Urban Cultures from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2007 and her PhD in Visual Sociology from Goldsmiths in 2012.


Rachel has exhibited and presented her work at numerous international cultural institutions, festivals, and symposia, including Tate Britain, the British Library, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, Color Field Remix in conjunction with the Kreeger Museum (Washington, DC), the Inter-American Development Bank (Washington, DC), the Lab Film Festival (London), Fujifilm Colombia Visual Narratives Encounter (Bogota), Photomonth and Urban Photo Fest (London). Rachel is a member of the Urban Photographers Association and is co-founder of the International Association of Visual Urbanists (iAVU).


Artist Statement

My art practice is concerned with examining the relationship between the material and immaterial within the process of perception. Using photographic and filmic approaches, my work explores light and the materiality of the urban landscape to reveal hidden or unnoticed aspects of the urban environment, which are often obscured by the fast pace of city life. The flux and flow of the city rhythms produce a layered experience of temporal and spatial perception, creating a living montage in which memory, imagination and the material world combine. My images seek to depict this montage through a manipulation of light and colour, de-familiarising the urban landscape by disrupting the boundary between legibility and illegibility, between figure and ground, and between subject and object, in order to interrogate the process of perception.


Furthermore, my work challenges the perception of the photographic medium, often pushing photographic technology beyond its comfort zone to produce images that do not look like ‘photographs’. My practice questions the indexical nature of the photograph, blurring the lines between painting and photography to explore the role of imagination and optical illusion within perception. I use photographic technology to reveal hidden realities, which become visible through the recording and editing process. The distortion and disorientation that results seeks to prompt the viewer to reconsider his/her relationship to the time and space of the city.



Exhibitions & Film Screenings


Streetopolis, Urban Photo Fest, 71a Gallery, London

Streetopolis, The Folio Club, Barcelona

Streetopolis, W83 Gallery, New York

Panoramas of Time: Kaleidoscope 2, Film screening, iAVU Short Film Festival, British Library

Movimiento, Fujifilm Narrative Encounter, Bogota Arte Contemporaneo Gallery, Bogota, Colombia



Movement, Urban Photo Fest, Silver Print Gallery, London



Landscape of Disappearances: Reflections 1, Film Screening, iAVU Short Film Festival, British Library

Panoramas of Time, Film screening, The Lab Film Festival, Mother Studios, East London

Uncanny Landscapes, Centre for Creative Collaboration, Royal Holloway, University of London



Edge Condition, Spitalfields Gallery, London

A Here and A There, Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR), Goldsmiths, London



A State of Separation, Ilex Works, Photomonth 2010, Stoke Newington, London

A Here and a There, Viewfinder Gallery, Greenwich, London



Move It, Gallery Neptune, Bethesda, Maryland



Mise-en-Scene, Candid Arts Trust, Islington, London

Color Field Remix, Gallery Neptune in association with the Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC



Viridian Artists XVI, Viridian Artists@Chelsea, New York

Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow

Future Map, Arts Gallery, University of the Arts London



Solo Show at the Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC

Winter Salon, Ellipse Arts Center, Winner of Juror's Choice Award, Arlington, Virginia

BA Fine Art (Hons) Degree Show, Central Saint Martins, London



Artist Talks & Symposia


Landscape of Disappearances’, Visual Urbanism Seminar, Landscape Surgery Series, Royal Holloway Geography Department



‘Landscape of Disappearances’, Urban Encounters: Urban Materialities Conference, Tate Britain


What We Keep and What We Leave Behind, Panel Discussion, Mother Studios Project Space, The Lab Film Festival, London


‘Art Practice, Research and the City: Exploring the Virtual Urban Realm Using Digital Photographic Technology’, International Visual Sociology Association Conference, Goldsmiths, University of London


Panoramas of Time: Exploring the Urban Uncanny and the Sublime’,

  Uncanny Landscapes Conference, Royal Holloway Geography Department, Centre for Creative Collaboration




‘Accessing the Virtual City Using Digital Photographic Practice’,

Visual Urbanism: Perspectives on Contemporary Research, iAVU annual conference, British Library


‘Lumino-City: the Perception of Light and Time in the Urban Realm,’

 Sensing Site Seminar, Parasol Unit Gallery, London, in conjunction with University of the Arts London and the British Artists Film and Video Study Collection



The Disappearing Landscape’, TINAG (This is Not a Gateway) Festival of Urbanism, Hanbury Hall, London


‘The Virtual Urban Realm: an Examination of Difference and Repetition within the Photographic Image,’ International Visual Sociology Annual Conference, University of Bologna, Italy


‘Panoramas of Time,’ Photography and the Practice of Walking Symposium, Goldsmiths, University of London



University of the Arts London

Clerical Medical Corporation

Various Private Collections

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