Dr Tim Daly

Senior Lecturer in Photography

Tim Daly has a background as an editorial and documentary photographer and has lectured in photography since 1989. He studied BA Fine Art at Corsham where he began making artist's books, then MA Photography at the Royal College of Art. Tim has exhibited his work at The Photographers' Gallery, London and the NGBK in Berlin, and his documentary features have been published by The Independent on Sunday and the Sunday Telegraph magazines. His commercial clients have included HSBC, Dorling Kindersley and Boots.


2016 PhD 'Towards a fugitive press: materiality and the printed photograph in artists' books.' MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University.
1989 MA (RCA) Photography, Royal College of Art
1987 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Bath Academy of Art
PG Cert, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society


Alongside his practice, Tim has extensive experience writing about photography production since 2000 and has written for photography magazines such as AG, The British Journal of Photography and Black and White Photography in the UK; Photo-District News in the US and Fotografi in Norway and has also authored fifteen textbooks on practical photography for publishers including Bloomsbury, Quintet, Quarto, Peachpit and Aurum Press which have been published worldwide and also translated into German, Portuguese and Chinese. 

Tim continues to write project features for Black and White Photography magazine - you can see a sample project here and another here

His new book for Bloomsbury is written for an undergraduate reader and is called Practical Projects for Photographers: Enriching Practice Through Contextual Research. You can see a sample project here


Tim teaches all aspects of photography production and post-production and has a special interest in output including printing, photobook design, moving image, bookbinding and artist's book production. Tim has also taught advanced skills workshops on colour management for print and retouching for The PrintSpace in Shoreditch and The Royal Photographic Society in Bath.

In addition to his teaching role, Tim has been an external examiner for photography programmes at Nottingham Trent University, University of East London, University of Herts and Bradford College.


Tim Daly's research interests are based in the materiality or 'thingness' of photography and the use of unconventional materials, printing and binding processes. Combined with an interest in documentary photography, Tim's research outputs are made into artist's books published by his imprint Fugitive Press. His recent project, No Sign of Canals on Mars, was created with the Canal & River Trust and National Waterways Museum and was based on a collection of illustrated diaries by amateur artist and photographer Eileen Burke. The book, designed like an archive box, collects together photographs, drawings, humorous journal entries and objects that feel and handle like they are originals rather than copies.

Tim's current research project documents the plotland estates across the UK. Built between the wars, plotland housing developments were constructed under little or no planning regulations, resulting in a unique do-it-yourself style of vernacular architecture. The first of Tim's Plotland series of books will be published in autumn of 2018.

You can see examples of his Fugitive Press books here

Published work

Artist's books
Daly, T (2018) No Sign of Canals on Mars: The illustrated Travel Diaries of Eileen Burke. Chester: Fugitive Press.
Daly, T (2018) Natural History. Chester: Fugitive Press. 
Daly, T. (2012) A Street Name Desired Car 

Chapters in Edited Books
Daly, T (2019) The North as a fantasy playground: Re-evaluating the literary influences in the landscape photography of Raymond Moore in Goldie, C (ed), Northern Light Proximity & Distance. Bielefeld. Transcript Verlag.

Daly, T. (2012) Reinstating Touch in the Documentary Photobook, in Photography and the Artist's Book. Ed. Wilkie.T, Carson, J and Miller, R (2012). Museums Etc. pp 272-295. ISBN 978-1-907697-50-0

Academic peer-reviewed journal papers
Daly, T (2018) Book handling as a research method. The Blue Notebook: Journal for artists’ books, 12(2), 54-61. Bristol, Impact Press/ University of the West of England.

Other refereed and/or non-published conference contributions
Daly, T (2018). The Hill of Dreams: Re-evaluating literary influences in the northern landscape photography of Raymond Moore. In Northern Light: Landscape Photography and Evocations of the North. University of Sheffield.

Daly, T (2018) Restoring the Faith: Vernacular repainting of Catholic devotional statuary in Ireland. In Art, Materiality and Representation, British Museum/ Royal Anthropological Institute, London, United Kingdom.

Daly, T (2015). The book as a ruined space: palliative strategies in photographers’ publishing. In Place of Architecture, Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University 2015.

Daly, T (2011) Reinstating Touch in the Photobook, in Wilkie.T, Carson, J and Miller, R (2011) Photography and the Artist's Book symposium. Manchester Metropolitan University.

Published books

Daly, T (2013) The Fundamentals of Digital Photography. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 9782940496068
Daly, T (2008) Creating Exhibition Quality Prints. London: Aurum Press/Argentum. ISBN 9781902538501
Daly, T (2009) Adobe Photoshop CS4: The Complete Guide to Digital Printing. Oxford: Focal Press. ISBN 978-0240811383
Daly, T (2008) Digital Printing for Professional Photographers. Lewes: The Guild of Master Craftsmen ISBN 9781861085283
Daly, T (2008) The Digital Print Styles Recipe Book. Peachpit Press. ISBN 9780321569363
Daly, T (2008) Creating Digital Photobooks. London: Aurum Press/Argentum. ISBN 9781902538556
Daly, T and Asch, D (2006) The Photoshop Doctor. Brighton: ILEX 978-1904705734
Daly, T (2005) The Digital Colour Printing Handbook. London: Aurum Press/Argentum. ISBN 978-0817471552
Daly, T (2003) Special Effects, Digital Retouching and Restoration. Worthing: Rotovision ISBN 978-2880467531
Daly, T (2003) The Essential Photography Manual. Worthing: Rotovision ISBN 978-2880467128
Daly, T (2003) The Encyclopaedia of Digital Photography ISBN 978-1552977736
Daly, T (2002) The Digital Printing Handbook. London: Aurum Press/Argentum ISBN 978-0817438272
Daly, T (2002) The Desktop Photographer. London: Quarto ISBN 978-0817437831
Daly, T (2000) The Digital Photography Handbook. London: Aurum Press/Argentum ISBN 978-0817437930

Published documentary photography features

Daly, T and Espiner, M (1997, July 20). A Road by Any Other Name. The Independent on Sunday Magazine.
Daly, T and Espiner, M (1996, June 30).The Happiest Hunting Ground. The Sunday Telegraph Magazine.
Daly, T and Feay, S (1995, June 4). Arms and the Men.The Sunday Telegraph Magazine.
Daly, T and Espiner, M (1994, July 26) Village of Little Englanders. The Independent on Sunday Magazine.
Daly, T and Espiner, M (1994, April 3) Saints with Feet of Concrete. The Independent on Sunday Magazine.
Daly, T and Espiner, M (1994, July 20) Making the Slap Stick. The Independent on Sunday Magazine.
Daly, T and Glancey, J (1992, November 8) Pre-Fabs Where the Heart is. The Independent on Sunday Magazine.

Other publications

Daly, T (1995) Fleet Street (image) in Seaborne, M. (1995) Photographers' London 1839-1994. London: Museum of London. ISBN 978-0904818505.
Daly, T (1993) Leysdown on Sea (image) in Boyer, M-F (1993). Cabin Fever. London. Thames and Hudson. ISBN 978-0500015759
Daly, T (1995) All Weather Icons (images) in Frame, A (1995) Fotofeis'95: International Festival of Photography in Scotland. Fotoefeis Ltd. ISBN 978-0952139621
Daly, T (1993) Paper Documents (images) in Kroh, K (1995) Uber die Grossen Stadt (About Big Cities). Berlin: NGBK. ISBN 3-926796-28-6

Exhibition history

Group shows
2010 Cube Gallery, Manchester
2008 Novas Contemporary Art Centre, Liverpool
1990 Ffotoannual, Ffotogallery Cardiff
1998 Depict, New Digital Art, Photofusion Gallery, London
1995 Photographers’ London, Museum of London
1995 Sorak Art Biennale, Sorak, South Korea
1993 Transitions, Photographers’ Gallery
1993 Uber die Grosse Stadte, NGBK at the Akademie Galerie, Berlin
1989 Celebration, Royal Festival Hall, London
1989 25 Years of Photography at the Royal College of Art, RCA London
1989 The London Project, The Photographers’ Gallery, London
1988 Riverside Open, Riverside Gallery Hammersmith London

Solo shows
2013 Known, Unknown, The Magistrates Court, Chester. Part of the Chester Literary Festival
1997 All Weather Icons, Watershed Media Centre, Bristol
1995 All Weather Icons, Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews, part of Fotofeis 95
1993 Escape, The Photographers’ Gallery, London