Associate Professor in Lens Media, University of the West of England and convenor of the UWE Photography Research Group.

Professionally Shawn Sobers is a filmmaker, photographer and writer. His work in film and photography is primarily people-based, rooted in personal narratives, hidden histories and untold stories.  As a researcher his work has spanned a wide range of topics, including; community media, creative education, Trans-Atlantic slave trade, disability & walking, and Rastafari culture. He co-founded Firstborn Creatives production company in 1999 with Rob Mitchell, and made programmes for BBC 1, ITV West and Channel 4.  A collection of his work can be found at