Born in Manchester England and a photographer since the age of seven, Julia Bradshaw spent nine years living and working in Munich, Germany prior to moving to the US. These international moves and interest in inter-cultural communication form the basis for some of her photography or video-art projects. Other art projects are influenced by her social environment such as being a foreigner, reading and being interested in all things photographic including the history and technology of photography.
She received her MFA in photography from San Jose State University in 2007 and after a year of adjunct work at three institutions in the Bay Area joined Fresno State as assistant professor in 2008. From the 2012/2013 academic year she works as assistant professor for photography at Oregon State University, Corvallis.
Julia Bradshaw strongely believes in developing an arts community. She was on the board of the Society of Photographic Education West from 2009-2012 and was the co-chair of the SPE West region from 2009 – 2011. In addition she was the co-chair for two SPE West regional conferences in Oakhurst (2010) and in San Diego (2011). In Fresno, she was President of the Council of 100 for the Fresno Art Musem in 2011 and 2012. In the Bay Area she was the instigator behind the Book Arts Jam - held annually since 2001.
Julia Bradshaw has had several reviews published in afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Criticism and has written over twenty articles for the online blog ArtShift San José. Her research essay on the photography in the Fresno Feminist Art Program was published in the spring 2011 issue of Exposure, The Journal of the Society for Photographic Education. Currently she is interested in the role of photography and the 'post-medium condition' as described by the theorist Rosalind Krauss.
Her videos and photography have been exhibited in the United States, The Netherlands, Guatemala, Poland and Germany. Her artist book “Flying” is in the Getty Research Collection. She is also a curator: for her latest curatorial project she assembled artworks on the topic of Air Travel which was exhibited in Fresno in September 2011.