Mike Golding originally trained as a teacher during the 1970s, completing an MA in Fine Art at Newcastle upon Tyne in 1989. In 1994 he became an associate senior Lecturer in Photography at Northumbria University, where he is currently programme leader for the BA Contemporary Photographic course.
Mike Golding’s practice is concerned with aspects of identity in relation to economic institutions and structures. In 1996 he completed a trilogy of works entitled Unto Caesar featuring images of office workers, factories, show homes and salesmen. This work used editing and sequencing to create meaning from direct photographic images.
More recently he has been concerned with exploring our relationship to the past using digital technologies to manipulate photographic images. Taking photographs of historical sites and appropriating extant photographic material, Golding reworks the images to remove, replace and re-animate objects. His approach describes and positions work that tilts against photographic realism by altering official proof of the past, be it site, artefact or photograph, through the application of digital technologies.
Mike Golding has exhibited internationally and undertaken various artist residencies in Australia and Finland.