anita strasser


I am a photographer / visual sociologist based in Deptford, south-east London. I studied Photography and Design Media at the London Institute, College of Printing (now London College of Communication). I completed a Masters in Photography and Urban Cultures at the Sociology Department of Goldsmiths College, University of London, followed by an AHRC-funded PhD in Visual Sociology at the same institution. My PhD researched the impact of gentrification on Deptford with a 2-year community arts project called Deptford is Changing, which worked with over 160 residents, artists and housing campaigners to tell their experiences of gentrification-induced displacement. The stories were first published on my research blog and then in the book Deptford is Changing: a creative exploration of the impact of gentrification (Strasser, 2020). My thesis Participating in Radical Visual Sociology: Supporting housing activism through gentrification and displacement research examines what it means to research creatively and collaboratively to effect meaningful change.

My main research interests are urban communities, the regeneration and gentrification of London, visual research methods and participatory photographic practice. I am also interested in walking/mountaineering as sociological practice, storytelling, oral histories and mountain folk, as well as documentary and landscape photography. I published my first monograph in German Erzählungen aus dem Steinernen Meer (Tales from the Stone Sea), a visual ethnography/oral history of a mountain range in the Austrian/Bavarian Alps where I grew up. I am currently in the process of writing a book (in English) on my experience of mountain walking, including written and visual essays, personal narrative and poetry.

I am a member of the Centre for Urban and Community Research at Goldsmiths, Urban Photographers Association and the International Visual Sociology Association. I have given many talks and exhibited my work widely in many (inter)national solo and group shows (click to see CV). I work as a Language and Academic Support Tutor on the Masters Programme for Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication (LCC). I also support students on Art & Design Courses at University of the Arts London. (I also have a background in teaching and a Masters in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching from King's College, London).