Dr Rowan Conroy

PhD Visual Art (Uni. Syd), BVA Hons 1 (Uni. Syd)
Senior Lecturer Photography and Media Arts, School of Art & Design
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Lens Based Practice 190503
  • Visual Arts And Crafts Not Elsewhere Classified 190599
  • Fine Arts (Incl. Sculpture And Painting) 190502

Research interests

Theoretical and critical enquiry key areas of interest:

  • Contemporary photographic practice
  • Photographic archives / museum archives
  • landscape studies, photography and the environment 
  • The William J. Woodhouse Photographic Archive, 19th Century Photography
  • Rephotography- Landscape/Site photography
  • Archaeology and the visual arts: Photography as archaeology
  • Archaeologies of the contemporary past / the archaeology of the present
  • Material cultural studies and contemporary art history
  • Contemporary ruins, ruin thought, the ruin in photography
  • Industrial ruins: open cut mines, factory sites, wastelands, urban decy
  • Drone photography

Materials and technology key areas of interest:

  • Inkjet printing - alternative processes and ink sets, fine art applications
  • The Photobook
  • The Print/ the future of still photography: digital and analogue print objects in the age of the retina display
  • Artists books - unique and limited edition
  • Alternative/ hacked printing technologies for artistic output
  • Jon Cone's Piezography ink sets: alternative ink sets for inkjet printing 
  • digital negatives for hybrid printing with antique photographic processes 
  • Large Format Photography (Film and Digital)
  • High resolution stiching techniques 





Dr Rowan Conroy is Senior Lecturer in Photography and Media Arts, School of Art & Design. Conroy has been teaching visual arts at a tertiary level for over a decade. Conroy’s research areas include photography in the visual arts, interdisciplinary approaches to visual art and archaeology, photography and cultural heritage, and digital capture and printing technology as a research tool in the visual arts and in GLAM sector.


Researcher's projects

Conroy is research head of the Digital Imaging Research Facility and the Inkjet Research Facility, ANU School of Art & Design.

Weereewa / Bad Water 2013-2019 

The William J. Woodhouse rephotography Project 2009-2013

Archaeologies of the Present and the Poetics of Detritus 2008 - ongoing 




Current student projects

The Family. Life Project saw Students from Photography and Media arts submit projects on the extended notion of family in the 21st Century. As a lecturer I facillitated the direction of the projects and selected work to be published on the Family. Life project website. A showcase of ANU student works can be seen here: 


These works will also be published as a photobook in the near future. 


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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