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About me

Dr David Campany, writes, curates exhibitions, makes art and teaches a range of modules in photographic theory and practice, from undergraduate to doctoral study. His many books include 'So Present, So Invisible - conversations on Phoptography' (2018) 'Walker Evans: the magazine work' (Steidl 2014), 'Gasoline' (MACK, 2013), 'Jeff Wall: Picture for Women' (Afterall/MIT 2010), 'Photography and Cinema' (Reaktion 2008) and 'Art and Photography' (Phaidon 2003). He has written numerous essays for anthologies, catalogues and monographs, and has written for Frieze, Photoworks, Aperture, Source, Art Review, The Oxford Art Journal, The Philosophy of Photography and Tate magazine among others (generally he'd prefer not to live in a peer-reviewed culture). He has spoken on various issues in photography at venues worldwide including Centre Pompidou, Jeu de Paume, the Reina Sofia Madrid, Tate Modern, New York's Museum of Art and Design, Aperture and Le Bal. In 2013 David curated major shows of the work of Mark Neville (The Photographer's Gallery, London) and Victor Burgin (AmbikaP3 and Richard Saltoun Gallery).

Recent curatorial work includes  'A Handful of Dust' (2015-19), Le Bal, Paris; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Pratt Institute New York; California Museum of Photography; Polygon Gallery, Vancouver; 'The Still Point of the Turning World - between film and photography', FoMu, Antwerp, 2017; 'The Open Road - photography and the American road trip' (2015-18, various venues across the US)

He is Curator of the three city / six museum Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie, 2020, Mannheim, Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg.

 David is a recipient of the prestigious ICP Infinity Award for his writings on photography.

Teaching

David has taught in many areas of photographic theory and practice, from darkroom work, studio work and book production to classes on the history of the magazine page, the history of exhibitions, experimental photojournalism, image/text interactions, photography & the cinematic, revisions of modernism, semiotics & rhetoric, and postcolonial practices.

Research

David's current research interests include:

  • Photography and the magazine/book page
  • Photography and the moving image
  • Historical and contemporary exhibition practices
  • New forms of photojournalism
  • Experimental art writing
  • Rethinking Modernism

He is looking for doctoral candidates in these fields.

Publications

For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.