Elizabeth Hingley BA Hons, MSc

Photograph of Elizabeth Hingley

Department of Theology and Religion
Associated Artist, University College London,UK
Honorary Fellow, Edward Cadbury Centre

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I am a photographer and anthropologist who works within academic contexts to develop the visual side of research and initiate creative dialogue between academic research and the wider public.


  • 2009-11   MSc Social Anthropology with distinction, University College London. 
  • 2008- 09 Scholarship, FABRICA research and communications, Italy.
  • 2004- 07 First Class Honors BA in Editorial Photography, University of Brighton.


After graduating from a heavily theoretical photography degree at Brighton University I spent two years investigating contemporary urban faith in Birmingham, UK. The photographs in the book ‘Under Gods’ stories from Soho road, published in 2011, intimately document the rich diversity of religious communities and the co-existence of different lifestyles along one road. For more information, please visit www.lizhingley.com/work/under_gods/

Seeking to ground my visual work within academic discourse I began an MSc in Social Anthropology at University College London, during which I published articles on visual methods in academic research. My MSc dissertation examined how shops are revitalizing religious practice in Paris. This work led to a series of international exhibitions, and further research on material religion in collaboration with Universities and institutions in France, UK and America. I am currently working with Professor Linda Woodhead on the ongoing series ‘Spiritual Object Portraits’, which explores the spiritual significance placed on objects by individuals throughout the UK.

Home and economic social divides are recurring areas of interest in my work. I received the 2013 Photo philanthropy activist award, 2012 Prix Virginia and the 2011 Getty Editorial Grant to complete ‘The Jones family’ project which explores the intergeneration cycle of poverty in the developed world.


  • 2013- Faculty of Religious Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai
  • 2011-13 Artist in Residence, The Migration Research Unit, University College London


My research interests include

  • Multi-faith communities in inner-city contexts
  • Material Religion
  • Immigration
  • Western Poverty

See www.lizhingley.com/ for more information.


Selected exhibitions

  • St Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life, Glasgow, ‘Under Gods’ - solo show. 2013
  • The Visual Arts Centre, The University of Texas at Austin, ‘Under Gods’ - solo show. 2012
  • Somerset House London, 'World Photography Organization'. 2012
  • The House of Commons, London, ‘Our Lives’ picturing child poverty in Britain’. 2012
  • University of Birmingham European Research Institute building – wall installation 2012.
  • HOST Gallery, London ‘Under Gods’ - solo show. 2011
  • Getty Image Gallery London, Ian Parry Scholarship ‘The Jones Family’. 2010
  • Wolverhampton Art Gallery ‘Under Gods’ stories from Soho Road’ - solo show. 2010
  • National Portrait Gallery, London. 2009


Conferences and Lectures

  • 2012 Sacred Practices of Everyday Life Conference, Edinburgh University – Plenary lecture
  • 2012 University College London ‘Negotiating Religion Seminar series’
  • 2012 Birmingham University ‘The Cadbury Lectures’
  • 2011 The Frontline Club, London ‘In the Picture: On your doorstep, Photography and Poverty’
  • 2011 EastBordNet Conference; Remaking Borders, Catania, Sicily
  • 2010 CRESC Annual Conference; ‘The Social Life of Methods’, St Hughes College, Oxford
  • 2010 University College London ‘Moving Faiths Seminar,’ Geography department
  • 2009 National Portrait Gallery, London



  • Hingley, Liz. 2011 Under Gods’ stories from Soho Road, Dewi Lewis Publishing. Verona, Italy: EBS.
  • Hertzog, A. and Hingley, L. 2013. ‘Belleville Bazaar’, in Garnett, J and Harris, A (eds). Rescripting Religion in the City: Migration and Religious Identity in the Modern Metropolis. London: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
  • Hingley, L. 2013. ‘Unmade Beds’, Material Cultures, 10 (1)
  • Hingley, L. 2011. ‘Photographer as researcher in the project ‘Under Gods: Stories from Soho Road’, Visual Studies, 26 (3)
  • Hingley, L. 2011. ‘The photographic narrative: alternative exposures’ “Under Gods’ stories from Soho Road’, Social Alternatives, 29 (4)
  • Hingley, L. 2011. ‘Photographer/ Researcher: notes from the field of faith’, Anthropology Matters, (Spring/Autumn, 2011).
  • Hingley, L. 2009. Cover image ‘Jain and Catholic neighbours’, T, The Oxford Theologian, (02/ 2011)