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James Clifford Kent

Dr James Clifford Kent is a London-based documentary and portrait photographer. He lectures on creative practice and visual culture at Royal Holloway, University of London. His latest project explores the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.

Over the course of the past two decades, James has travelled regularly to Cuba with different photographic projects. From portraits of guajiros (Cuban peasants) and ballet dancers to coverage of historic events (including the 2016 funeral procession of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro from Havana to Santiago de Cuba), his work has captured la lucha (the Cuban people’s enduring struggle). James has published several articles on Cuba and visual culture and is the author of the book Aesthetics and the Revolutionary City: Real and Imagined Havana (2019).

James has curated group shows and exhibited his own photographic work in the UK and Cuba. Recent curatorial projects include This is Cuba: Documentary Photography after Fidel at Royal Holloway (2019) and Raúl Cañibano: Chronicles of an Island at The Photographers’ Gallery, London (2019).

He has held lecturing posts at institutions across the UK and at the Universidad de La Habana, Cuba. He received his PhD from the University of London in 2012 and has received funding for his projects from Arts Council England, the Arts & Humanities Research Council, and the Global Challenges Research Fund. He has organised workshops and given public talks at institutions such as Tate Exchange, The Photographers’ Gallery and the Fototeca de Cuba.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Hispanic Studies, Royal Holloway