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About Jo Howell photographic artist from Sunderland
Artist Jo Howell with Phil Vickery glass blower.

I’m Jo Howell.

Light, time, and paper manipulator.

I’ve been a professional photographic artist since I left Uni in 2009. I am a cyanotype specialist. I use photography and art to work with other humans in beautiful chaos.

I work commercially to photograph 3D artworks like glass sculptures.

Phil Vickery Glass image on CGS magazine 2023

I create short films, animations, books, and whatever takes my fancy at any given time!

Me and Mary Eleanor, #untitled10 2019

What do I do?

Photography Services

I offer commercial studio and location based photography for 3D artists. I have a brilliant studio, lighting, and plenty of creativity.

Cyanotype jacket, self portrait


I would probably say that this is one of my favourite methods of my practise because I can do it from home or in the yarden!

Project Development

Since 2009, I have used alternative photographic process and printmaking techniques to create amazing participation projects for communities.

#WearExperimenting 2018 participant pinhole photograph printed using cyanotype on a ceramic tile

Make art!

I create original artwork all of the time. I make prints, photographic objects, films, installations, and so much more.

Work of note



Working with Sunderland Museum and Sunderland Culture to photograph people with their pyrex to celebrate the centenary of the company.

A moment in time


Working with East Durham Creates to produces a 6 week course combining online meetings with photography challenges delivered to the door.


2019 – 2020

Selected artist for juried commission at the Bowes Museum, County Durham.

Look and inspire pinhole photography project

2014 – 2017

Project developed by artist with funding from The Cultural Spring, The Art Studio Sunderland, and Gentoo housing group.

Pinhole exhibition

In:Between Studio


Working with Arcadea Disability Arts in Newcastle to fundraise for the charity. Launch March 8th 2022.


2021 – 2022

Working with Discover Brightwater, Groundworks NE and multiple partners to create an art trail inspired by community engagement. Launch September 2022.

Intro Vid


2018 – 2019

Project Commissioner

Selected artist for large scale community participation project looking at the cross currents between science and photography.

The Big Picture: The art of sport

2010 – 2013

A collaborative participation project resulting in a public artwork created as a legacy for the Cultural Olympiad 2012.

Workshop film

Let’s make something together.

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