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DAVID BATE is an artist and writer with a well known international reputation for his work on photography, visual arts history, theory and culture. He is Professor of Photography, supervising PhD work and teaching on the MA Photography Arts programme. He is also an editor of the international photography theory journal Photographies started in 2008:



Awarded a BA (Hons) degree on the famous Film and Photographic Arts course at PCL, before taking the MA Social History of Art at the University of Leeds. He then completed a Doctorate at the University of Leeds in the Fine Art Department in 1999. A co-founder of the artist collective galleries Accident and Five Years Gallery in London 2000, his visual artworks have been exhibited by independent galleries across the world. He is currently also co-editor and co-founder of the international academic journal photographies.


 MIGRANTS: What does migration mean to you? The Gallery, London, UK, 2016.

Quiet Moments, Freemantle Art Centre, Perth, AUSTRALIA, 2015.

 Broken Society, The Louvre, See Me, FRANCE.

 Notes on Democracy, Billboard Project (The Social: Photography Festival), Sunderland/Newcastle, UK, 2013

E-Book Show, Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK 2013

GIF: Born in 1987, Photographer’s Gallery, London, UK 2013.

Open Air Gallery (Diemar/Noble Gallery), London, 2012,

Critical Dictionary, Work Gallery, London, UK, 2012

Australian Picnic, Cube Gallery, Plymouth, UK 2011. 

Australian Picnic, London Gallery West, London, UK, 2010 

Bungled Memories, PhotoArt Festival/Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, POLAND, 2008. 

Bungled Memories, Hoopers Gallery, London, UK, 2008

ZONE, Istanbul Photography Biennale, Istanbul, TURKEY.

ZONE, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA, 2006.

Recent Books

Photography Key Concepts (Bloomsbury 2016)

Art Photography (Tate Publications, 2015)

 ZONE (London: Artwords, 2012)

Recent Essays

‘Habitation: Photographic Space’, Eikon: 5x5 (Vienna, 2016).

‘Boredom and Baroque Space’, Photomediations: A Reader, eds. Kamila Kuc & Joanna Zylinska (London: Open Humanities Press, 2016).                                 

‘Doubled Up’ in Double Exposures, Manuel Vason (London: Intellect Books, 2014).

‘The Syntax of Photography’, Imprint: Visual Narratives in Books (Stockholm: Art & Theory Book, 2013).

‘The Emancipated Photographer’, The Versatile Image, ed.  (Leuven Press, 2013).

‘The Emancipating Machine’, Representational Machines: Photography and the Production of Space, edited by Anna Dahlgren, Dag Petersson and Nina Lager Vesterg, Stockholm: Aarhaus University Press.

‘The Digital Condition: Cameras, Computers, Screens’, The Photographic Image in Digital Culture, ed. Martin Lister (Routledge, 2012).


Currently Professor of Photography at the Media, Art and Design Campus, where he supervises PhDs (practice and theory based research projects) and teaches on postgraduate programmes, specifically the MA Photography Arts course. David is also Director of the Photography Research Group.

He was previously Course Director on the highly successful BA Photography course at Farnham during the late 1990s, moving to he University of Westminster to run the MA Photographic Studies (now Photography Arts) programme. 


Research interests include visual practices concerned with notions of otherness, subjectivity, questions of ideology, art history and strands of postcolonial theory, psychoanalysis and critical theory.  


His publications include the recent books Art Photography (Tate Publications, 2015), Photography Key Concepts (Bloomsbury 2016) the artwork photobook ZONE (London: Artwords, 2012) and the classic book Photography and Surrealism: Sexuality, Colonialism and Social Dissent (London: IB Tauris, 2004). He has written dozens of essays and book chapters and has exhibited his photographic work widely in solo and group shows internationally in galleries and museums.