Karl Grupe
Partner | Creative Director

B.Arch. University of Manitoba, Canada  MRes Design, Goldsmiths London

Karl began his teaching career coaching Special Olympics and working as a camp councillor for the YMCA in Canada. Today he works both as a professional photographer and busy adult education lecturer. He received a Grade 1, the highest award from Ofsted, for excellence in his photography teaching. His photography can be found at Getty Images where his work has been used from billboards to book covers for clients which include Life magazine, The New York Times, Microsoft, Sony, Nissan, Ikea, and the Royal Mail. His educational client list includes Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London Borough of Hounslow Council, St. Francis Xavier Sixth Form College, TenUK Ltd., Office Concierge Ltd. and Enjoy Work at Chiswick Park. He has also worked as Western Canadian Photo editor for Tony Stone Images Canada, curator and photographic judge. Under his mentoring students have been published by the British Journal of Photography, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Evening Standard, and Vice magazine; exhibited internationally; produced portfolios to win Bachelors and Masters placements; and made career transitions to full-time professional photographers.

He is a Goldsmiths graduate with a Distinction in Masters of Research in Design where he researched the shifting landscape of professional practice in photography with the advent of smartphone photography and social media streams. This research fed into workshops he delivered to a variety of clients including Leeds Castle, the London Transport Museum, University Arts London, Royal Photographic Society and photography and design festivals including Urban Photo Fest, SNAP Photography Festival, London Design Festival, Design Futures and the Prospects of Design Festival. See his website dedicated to his research.

For adventure Karl successfully “Escaped from Alcatraz” in the infamous and dangerous Californian triathlon. He has the Rapperswil Half Ironman in Switzerland under his belt, along with a few London Triathlons where he raised funds for the NSPCC (National Society for the Protection of Children).