Wendy McMurdo RSA (Elect) was born in Edinburgh and studied at Edinburgh College of Art and the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. She is interested in the ways in which technology influences early learning, and has worked with children in schools. In recent years digital processing has allowed photographers to reach new audiences and invent new worlds through the manipulation of images. In her work, McMurdo has exploited the artistic possibilities offered by scientific progress and raised questions about the effect new virtual technologies have on human beings.
McMurdo’s work has been included in a number of major collections and has featured in a wide variety of exhibitions including The Anagrammatical Body: The Body and its Photographic Condition, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; Uncanny, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; and Only Make Believe curated by Marina Warner for Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK.
In 2018 McMurdo was named by the Royal Photographic Society as one of their Hundred Heroines – an award to ‘showcase the best of global contemporary female photographic practice, highlighting the significant contribution women are making to the industry’. She was elected a Member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 2018.