Job title: Lecturer, Photography, School of Art


Research outputs: Dr Susanne Ramsenthaler on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Susanne Ramsenthaler is a visual artist and part-time lecturer in Photography at ECA School of Art. Her work is mostly lens-based, encompassing a wide range of practice, from antique non-silver printing techniques to video, digital imaging and computer animation.

Having studied Photography at Napier University, including a period at the Munich Fachakademie für Fotodesign, Susanne gained an MFA at Glasgow School of Art and a PhD in History of Art from Glasgow University (On Distance in Photographic Images, 2007).

Exhibiting widely on a national and international level, her work is held in both public and private collections and has been shown in the UK, USA, Japan, South Africa, Spain, Germany, Croatia, and at the St. Petersburg Biennale, Russia.

Susanne’s work interrogates visual perception of the photographic image where liminal spaces between art/science and vision/touch are recurring themes. Recent research revolves around an inquiry into the interaction of vision and touch as pertaining to the functions of the photogram and beyond. The use of this specific aspect of contact-imaging serves to open up new paths of enquiry as to how tactility and vision are connected and interpreted.

As well as producing work for exhibition, Susanne presents papers and publishes articles on the ontology and semiotic interpretation of the photogram.

Most recently her video piece BookEnds has been shown at the Fleming Collection, London and in Nostalgias: Visualising Longingat the Pie Factory Gallery, Margate (Oct/Nov 2013).

Susanne has taught at ECA since 1996, working across Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels and is currently supervising two research students.

She has taught at Napier University, Edinburgh; Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore and at Technikon Natal, Durban, South Africa; and has delivered numerous workshops, lectures and artist’s talks in Britain, Japan, USA, Finland and South Africa.