Lynda Laird is a photographic artist. Her research-based practice merges archive, photography, video and sound.  Employing techniques, methods and materials that are sympathetic and relevant to the subject.  

She focuses on long-term bodies of work: primarily looking at landscape and the traces of memory in these spaces.  She is interested in exploring ways of showing what is invisible to the naked eye, often employing camera less techniques and working with the materiality of specific landscapes in an attempt to bring an element or trace of its history in to the work.

Lynda recently worked as the photographic artist in residence at the Royal Astronomical Society, where she focused her research on the celestial discoveries of the 18th century astronomer Caroline Herschel, she was awarded an arts council project grant to turn her research in to a touring installation which was shown at the Royal Astronomical Society, Jodrell Bank First Light Pavilion, The Herschel Museum and Solaris Gallery.  Lynda has also worked on two long-term artist residencies In France, resulting in a group show at the Planche(s) contact photography festival.  She has exhibited Internationally and won a number of awards, she was nominated for the Magnum Graduate award in 2017. Her work has been featured on the BBC, BBC Newsnight, CNN Style, The New Scientist, The New Statesman, The Guardian, BJP, Huck and Fisheye magazine, amongst others.

Lynda is currently showing work at the Royal Academy Summer Show.


MA Documentary Photography and Photojournalism, London College of Communication (Distinction) 

Awards & Grants

Prospect Cottage Artist Residency, Dungeness, selected Artist 2024

Annie Maunder image innovation award, shortlisted,  Greenwich Maritime Museum, London, 2022

Arts Council England project grant, 2022

Royal Astronomical Society, Photographic Artist residency 2019-2020

Planche (s) contact Festival, Deauville, selected artist residency, 2017

Nominated for the Magnum graduate photographers award, 2017

Dying matters - Celebrating life in the face of death - Winner, 2017

Planche (s) Contact, le Prix de la foundation Louis Roederer - Winner, 2016

Planche (s) contact Festival, Deauville, selected graduate artist residency, 2016

PX3, Prix de la Photographie, Paris, Highly commended, 2015

Close up Women in photography/Metro imagining, mentorship, 2015

Exground film festival, selected, 2015

Craft photographer of the year, Winner, 2015


Royal Academy Summer Show, 18 Jun 2024 – 18 Aug 2024

An Imperfect account of a comet, Solaris, St Leonards on Sea - January 2024 -  March 2024

An Imperfect account of a comet, Jodrell Bank, First Light Pavilion, November 2022 - 16 April 2023

An Imperfect account of a comet, St Mary's Church, Slough, October 2022

Astronomy Photographer of the Year,  Greenwich Maritime Museum, London, Sept 2022-Aug 2023

An Imperfect account of a comet, Royal Astronomical Society, London, Sept 2022

An Imperfect account of a comet, Herschel Museum Bath, Bath, Aug  2022-Oct 2022 

An Imperfect account of a comet, St Laurence's Church, Slough, Aug - Oct 2022

Solaris summer show, Solaris, St Leonards on sea, Aug - Oct 2022

Isle Launch - Hotel Elephant Studios, London, 2019

Out of the Woods of Thought, Inside the Outside, Argentea Gallery, Birmingham, 2018

Elastic, Old Girls ClubCork Photo Festival, Cork, Ireland, 2018

Planche (s) contact photography festival, Deauville, 2017

Dying matters - Celebrating life in the face of death, touring show, 2017

Planche (s) contact festival, Deauville, 2016

Landscape, Telegram gallery, London, 2016

In the forest of things, London College of Communication, 2016

Urban bee keeping, The Peckham Pelican, London, 2015

Using Format