Paul Preece – Scientist & Photographer – Oxford

Large format photography
O Courel Mountains, Galicia, Spain

Paul Preece is a photographer and scientist based in Oxford, England.

A selection of his work can be seen at Lens Culture.

His interest in photography was born in the 1970s when, as a teenager in Wales, he bought a Russian Zenith suitcase with a portable darkroom inside. There followed many years of experimentation with black and white photography which continues to the present day.

At some point in 2003, after losing his entire collection of 35mm negatives, he discovered view cameras and 5″x4″ negatives. It’s a format he fell in love with due to the forced awareness derived from working with unwieldy and heavy equipment. The large format photographer has no choice but to slow down; things take forever, contemplation sets in and a single negative can take all day.



  • 2008 – Palacio de Conde Duque, Madrid, Spain. El Pais article.
  • 2009 – Casino de Marbella, Spain.
  • 2010 – Casino de La Coruña, Spain.
  • 2011 – Museo do Pobo Galego, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
  • 2017 – The Other Art Fair, Saatchi, The Arnolfini, Bristol, UK. Link
  • 2017 – Landmark Arts Centre, London.
  • 2017 – Windsor Contemporary Art Fair.
  • 2018 – Surrey Contemporary Art Fair.
  • 2019 – The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford, UK. The Tablet review

Winter day in O Courel Mountains, Spain
O Courel Mountains, Spain


  • BSc Neuroscience, University College London & Caltech, Los Angeles, USA.        
  • PhD Neuroscience, University College London.

He has published scientific papers on the neuropathology of Alzheimer’s Disease. Link

Paul Preece
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