ashley middleton (b. 1985, USA) is an independent curator and visual artist, working in a range of media that includes photography, sculpture, and installation. Her projects are an expression of her ongoing research into the unconscious, its manifestation in human behavior, and how those behaviors produce, and alter, our physical and digital worlds. Her practice contemplates the notion of the self as a microcosm of the cosmos and the evolution of social connectivity in the age of rapid technological advancement. Middleton’s work uses philosophy, science, and empirical research to address the value of the body and it’s symbiotic relation to nature. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally. She is currently based in London, and works between New York and London.


MFA Photography, Parsons School of Design, New York, 2015

MA Photography and Urban Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, 2011     

BA in Individualized Study, New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York, 2008



The Salamander Devours its Tail Twice, Gallery 46, London, UK, 2018

THERE IS NO THREAT, TriBeCa Pop-Up Exhibition, New York, NY, 2018

UrbanPhotoFest: Cartographies of Inclusion, The Greenwich Gallery, London, UK, 2017

Hyphen (in collaboration with Tyler School of Art), Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 2014

Nine Five One, The Forge, (in collaboration with Memphis College of Art), Memphis, TN, 2014



The Salamander Devours its Tail Twice, Gallery 46, London, UK, 2018

THERE IS NO THREAT, TriBeCa Pop-Up Exhibition, New York, NY, 2018

LICA, Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY, 2016

to The Operator, Photographers Project Space, London, UK, 2016

In My Absence, uBe Art, Berkeley, CA, 2016

LIC Arts Open, PaintCan Studios, Long Island City, NY, 2016

PUSH PULL,. Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons MFA Photography Thesis Exhibition, New York, 2015

Voies Off, Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, France, 2015

Музей во/вне, State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2015

Hyphen, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, 2014

Nine Five One, The Forge, Memphis, TN, 2015     

Future Projections, Auckland Festival of Photography, Silo Park, Auckland, NZ, 2014

Made in China, Brooklyn Fire Proof, New York, 2014

Photoville, Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York, 2014

Pingyao International Photography Festival, Shanxi Province, China, 2013

Becoming Other, NY Studio Gallery, New York, 2012

Estrogenius Festival, Manhattan Theatre Source, New York, 2011

Zero Gravity, Lolita Bar, New York, 2010

Focal_Resolution, Climate Gallery, Long Island City, 2010

Gallatin Art Festival, New York University, New York, 2008



FAD Magazine, “Salamanders and the Vicious Circle of Sociocultural Pressure,” London, UK, 2018

Float Photo Magazine, THERE IS NO THREAT Interview, New York, NY, 2018

ESPY Photography Award: Spotlight, Swansea, UK, 2017

Thought Catalog, “Missed Connections.” New York, NY, 2016   

Float Photo Magazine, “Love.” New York, NY, 2016

Float Photo Magazine, “New Year.” New York, NY, 2016

GUP Magazine issue #46, “Community.” Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2015

PUSH PULL, Parsons MFA Photography Thesis Exhibition catalog. New York, NY, 2015

Pingyao International Photography Festival Catalogue.“Life in Photography.” Pingyao, China, 2013 

Geeked Magazine. “Roof Gardens.” London, UK, 2012

Skepsi. V. 5, Issue 1, “(De)Parsing Bodies.” Canterbury, UK, 2012, “Unzipped.” New York, NY, 2010  



Tier 1 UK Exceptional Talent Visa, 2018

Parsons School of Design Travel Grant, Winner, 2015

Parsons School of Design Residency Scholarship for Studio Vortex, Winner, 2015

Parsons School of Design Dean's Merit Scholarship, 2013

WNYC.ORG, Subway Photographs, Editor's Pick, 2011

The Press of Atlantic City "Faces and Places," Winner, 2009



Lizard Point Residency, Mayes Creative and Lumen, Cornwall, UK, 2019

Studio Vortex with Antoine d'Agata. Arles, France, 2015     

International Artist Residency. Budapest, Hungary, 2010     



Subverting Academia & Subversive Academics: An Interdisciplinary Symposium. University of Marland, College Park, MD, 2015    

Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2013     

13th Pingyao International Photography Festival, Shanxi Province, China, 2013