Visiting Lecturer (2019)
Beth Lazroe is a respected educator and photographer.
She holds a Master’s degree in photography from FAMU, Czech Republic, where she lectures in Visual Theory for film and photography students and who published her textbook, Photography as Visual Communication. She also lectures in Visual Communication in the Department of Communication and Mass Media at the University of New York in Prague. Presently, Beth is a Doctoral candidate in cultural history at the University of Turku, Finland.
After beginning her photographic career at Contrejour Workshop and Gallery, Paris, she moved to Ireland in 1978, where she exhibited widely, as well as in Britain and Europe.
As a member of the National Union of Journalists of Ireland and Great Britain since 1981, she has had work published in most Irish newspapers and served as arts correspondent for the Irish Echo in New York and Boston.
A community photographic artist and project director since 1979, she established, through the Dublin Civic Museum, the first Community Photographic Archive in Ireland for Dublin Public Libraries. She also served as Temporary Head of Photography at Dublin City University 1993-4.
Her most recent cycle of work, In Our Faces: Visual Assault in the Streets of Prague (Jako Facka: Vizuální Útok v Pražských Ulicích), together with a conference, was held at Prague City Hall and received nationwide and Internet media coverage, leading to an exhibition in the Czech Senate and two similar events organized in Wroclaw and Budapest, and is itself now an archive.
She has received assistance from the Prague Diplomatic Ladies’ Association, the Irish Arts Council, Dublin Corporation, Ilford Limited, Agfa-Gevaert Limited and other private sponsors.