David Campany

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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 '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).

In 2014 he curates three shows of the work of Walker Evans. In 2015 he curates 'A Handful of Dust' for Le Bal, Paris. In 2012 David received the prestigious ICP Infinity Award for his writings on photography.

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.

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.

2017

The Still Point of the Turning World: Between Film and Photography (2017)
Campany, D. and Naudts, J. 2017. The Still Point of the Turning World: Between Film and Photography. Antwerp Kehrer Verlag.

2016

Walker Evans (2016)
Campany, D. 2016. Walker Evans. New York, New York, USA Aperture Foundation, Inc..
Adventures in the Lea Valley (2016)
Campany, D. and Braden, P. 2016. Adventures in the Lea Valley. London Hoxton Mini Press.
Mark Neville: Fancy Pictures (2016)
Neville, M. Campany, D. (ed.) 2016. Mark Neville: Fancy Pictures. Gottingen, Germany Steidl Verlag.

2015

A Handful of Dust (2015)
Campany, D. 2015. A Handful of Dust. London MACK.

2014

Walker Evans: the magazine work (2014)
Campany, D. 2014. Walker Evans: the magazine work. Steidl.
The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip (2014)
Campany, D. 2014. The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip. New York, USA Aperture Foundation, Inc..
Walker Evans: the magazine work (2014)
Campany, D. 2014. Walker Evans: the magazine work. Gottingen, Germany Steidl Verlag.

2013

Gasoline (2013)
Campany, D. 2013. Gasoline. London MACK.

2011

Jeff Wall: picture for women (2011)
Campany, D. 2011. Jeff Wall: picture for women. London Afterall Books.

2010

The 'sinister' photograph: Manuel Alvarez Bravo's Parabola optica, 1931 (2010)
Campany, D. 2010. The 'sinister' photograph: Manuel Alvarez Bravo's Parabola optica, 1931. The Tosca Photography Fund Thames & Hudson.
Anonymes (2010)
Campany, D. 2010. Anonymes. Paris Le Bal.
Hannah Collins: time will explain it all (2010)
Campany, D. (ed.) 2010. Hannah Collins: time will explain it all. Bogota Museo de Arte de la Universidad Nacional de Columbia.

2008

Photography and cinema (2008)
Campany, D. 2008. Photography and cinema. London, UK Reaktion Press.

2007

The cinematic (2007)
Campany, D. (ed.) 2007. The cinematic. London ; Cambridge, Mass Whitechapel ; MIT Press.

2003

Art and photography (2003)
Campany, D. (ed.) 2003. Art and photography. London Phaidon.
Art and photography (2003)
Campany, D. (ed.) 2003. Art and photography. London, UK Phaidon Press.

2017

Image Ventriloquism and the Visual Primer (2017)
Campany, D. 2017. Image Ventriloquism and the Visual Primer. in: Thomas Ruff London Whitechapel Gallery.
Stephen Shore A-Z (2017)
Campany, D. and Bajac, Q. 2017. Stephen Shore A-Z. in: Stephen Shore New York, New York, USA Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Under, Outside and Between: the Elusive Art of Ed Van Der Elsken (2017)
Campany, D. 2017. Under, Outside and Between: the Elusive Art of Ed Van Der Elsken. in: Ed Van Der Elsken: Camera in Love Munich - London - New York Prestel.
Oeuvrer Pour les Magazines et "oeuvres" Pour les Magazines: Walker Evans, la Presse Populaire et L'Art Conceptuel (2017)
Campany, D. 2017. Oeuvrer Pour les Magazines et "oeuvres" Pour les Magazines: Walker Evans, la Presse Populaire et L'Art Conceptuel. in: Walker Evans Paris, France Editions du Centre Georges Pompidou.
Beneath the Street: Helen Levitt’s Subway Photographs (2017)
Campany, D. 2017. Beneath the Street: Helen Levitt’s Subway Photographs. in: Manhattan Transit: The Subway Photographs of Helen Levitt Cologne, Germany Konig.
Now is Then is Now (2017)
Campany, D. 2017. Now is Then is Now. in: You Are Looking at Something That Never Occurred London, England Zabludowicz Collection.
Of Time and Place (2017)
Campany, D. 2017. Of Time and Place. in: Fred Harzog: modern Color Berlin, Germany Hatje Cantz.
A Special Collection (2017)
Campany, D. 2017. A Special Collection. in: Goodman Davis, D. (ed.) Photography RX: Pharmacy in Photography Since 1866 Rome Damiani Editore.
Afterword (2017)
Campany, D. 2017. Afterword. in: Tod Papageorge: Dr. Blankman’s New York (1966-1967) Gottingen, Germany Steidl.
Colour, East and West (2017)
Campany, D. 2017. Colour, East and West . in: Harry Gruyaert: East/West London, Paris Thames & Hudson.

2016

'Fiona Tan's Ascent' (2016)
Campany, D. 2016. 'Fiona Tan's Ascent'. in: Mori, Y. (ed.) Fiona Tan: Ascent Japan / Netherlands Izu Photo Museum / De Pont Museum.
Walker Evans: Anonymous and Ingognito (2016)
Campany, D. 2016. Walker Evans: Anonymous and Ingognito. in: Zander, T. (ed.) Walker Evans: Labor Anonymous Cologne, Germany Konig.
Light and Dark Chambers (2016)
Campany, D. 2016. Light and Dark Chambers. in: Intimate Distance New York Aperture Foundation, Inc..
Doomed to See (2016)
Campany, D. 2016. Doomed to See. in: Blank Cologne, Germany Hatje Cantz.
The Given Image (2016)
Campany, D. 2016. The Given Image. in: Trosch, J. and Bosshard, M. (ed.) John Stezaker: Unassisted Readymade Zurich, Switzerland JRP/Ringier.
A Question of Finish: thoughts on the work of Jeff Cowen (2016)
Campany, D. 2016. A Question of Finish: thoughts on the work of Jeff Cowen. in: Jeff Cowen: Photoworks Cologne, Germany Konig.

2015

Between the Snapshot and Staged Photography (2015)
Campany, D. 2015. Between the Snapshot and Staged Photography. in: Bajac, Q. and Marcoci, R. (ed.) Photography at MoMA: 1960 to Now New York Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Photography as Rehearsal / Rehearsal as Photography (2015)
Campany, D. 2015. Photography as Rehearsal / Rehearsal as Photography. in: Teichmann, E. and Stewart, C. (ed.) Staging Rehearsal London Black Dog Publishing.

2014

Angel of History in the Age of the Internet (2014)
Campany, D. 2014. Angel of History in the Age of the Internet. in: Krempel, L. (ed.) Stan Douglas: Mise en Scene Munich- New York - London Prestel.
Architecture as photography: document, publicity, commentary, art (2014)
Campany, D. 2014. Architecture as photography: document, publicity, commentary, art. in: Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age Munich, London, New York Prestel.
Photography, Encore (2014)
Campany, D. 2014. Photography, Encore. in: Time Present : Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection Frankfurt am Main, Germany Deutsche Bank AG.

2012

Walker Evans' Pages (2012)
Campany, D. 2012. Walker Evans' Pages. in: diBello, P., Wilson, C. and Zamir, S. (ed.) The photobook: from Talbot to Ruscha and beyond I.B. Tauris.

2010

Two reflections and a meditation (2010)
Campany, D. 2010. Two reflections and a meditation. in: John Stezaker: film still collages Ridinghouse/Karsten Schubert.
Jeff Wall speaks with David Campany (2010)
Campany, D. 2010. Jeff Wall speaks with David Campany. in: Conversations with photographers Madrid La Fabrica.
China everyday (2010)
Campany, D. 2010. China everyday. in: Braden, P. (ed.) China between Dewi Lewis.

2009

Yesterday's everyday and the depiction of work (2009)
Campany, D. 2009. Yesterday's everyday and the depiction of work. in: Mah, S. (ed.) La cotidiano / the everyday Madrid La Fabrica. pp. 22-25
Motion pictures (2009)
Campany, D. 2009. Motion pictures. in: Mark Lewis: cold morning Canadian Pavilion, Venice Biennale. pp. 17-21
Interview with David Campany (2009)
Campany, D. 2009. Interview with David Campany. in: EXTRA no.3, Summer 2009 Antwerp Fotomuseum. pp. 22-25
In the light of the lumieres (2009)
Campany, D. 2009. In the light of the lumieres. in: Kierulf, I. (ed.) Seminarene pa Fotogalleriet 2005-2008 Oslo Photogalleriet. pp. 99-114
Eugene Atget's intelligent documents (2009)
Campany, D. 2009. Eugene Atget's intelligent documents. in: Eugene Atget: photographe de Paris Errata Editions.

2008

A conversation with Edgar Martins (2008)
Campany, D. 2008. A conversation with Edgar Martins. in: Edgar Martins: Topologies New York Aperture. pp. 115-122
Brian Alfred is a person (2008)
Campany, D. 2008. Brian Alfred is a person. in: Brian Alfred: Millions now living will never die!!! London Haunch of Venison. pp. 4-8

2007

Seung Woo Back's double vision (2007)
Campany, D. 2007. Seung Woo Back's double vision. in: Seung Woo Back: real world Tokyo, Japan Foil Co. Ltd.. pp. 60-75

2006

Posing, acting and photography (2006)
Campany, D. 2006. Posing, acting and photography. in: Green, D. and Lowry, J. (ed.) Stillness and time: photography and the moving image Brighton, UK Photoworks / Photoforum. pp. 97-112

2005

Glass camouflage: photography, objects and objectivity (2005)
Campany, D. 2005. Glass camouflage: photography, objects and objectivity. in: Seelig, T. and Stahel, U. (ed.) The ecstasy of things: from functional objects to fetish in twentieth century photography Gottingen, Germany Steidl.

2004

Los Lugares de Victor Burgin (o los placers de Vertigo a 9000 metros) / Locating Victor Burgin or Vertigo at 30000 ft (2004)
Burgin, V. and Campany, D. 2004. Los Lugares de Victor Burgin (o los placers de Vertigo a 9000 metros) / Locating Victor Burgin or Vertigo at 30000 ft. in: Ensayos Gustavo Gili. pp. 7-15

2003

Safety in numbness: some remarks on problems of 'late photography' (2003)
Campany, D. 2003. Safety in numbness: some remarks on problems of 'late photography'. in: Green, D. (ed.) Where is the photograph? Maidstone, Kent Photoworks. pp. 88-94
Almost the same thing: some thoughts on the collector-photographer (2003)
Campany, D. 2003. Almost the same thing: some thoughts on the collector-photographer. in: Dexter, E. and Weski, T. (ed.) Cruel and tender: the real in the twentieth-century photograph London, UK Tate Publishing. pp. 33-37

2013

Victor Burgin A Sense of Place (2013)
Maziere, M. and Campany, D. 2013. Victor Burgin A Sense of Place. Ambika P3

2010

The scene of photography and the future of its illusion (2010)
Campany, D. 2010. The scene of photography and the future of its illusion. Photoworks. 14, pp. 4-11.
Drink the wine, discard the bottle, drink something else (2010)
Campany, D. 2010. Drink the wine, discard the bottle, drink something else. Philosophy of Photography. 1 (1), pp. 18-21.
Page after page (2010)
Campany, D. 2010. Page after page. C International Photo Magazine. 10.
Moving with the times: Eadweard Muybridge (2010)
Campany, D. 2010. Moving with the times: Eadweard Muybridge. Tate etc.. 20.
Clare Strand: the spot marks the X (2010)
Campany, D. 2010. Clare Strand: the spot marks the X. Aperture. 200.

2009

William Klein's Tokyo (2009)
Campany, D. 2009. William Klein's Tokyo. Photoworks. 13, pp. 14-17.
Chris Killip (2009)
Campany, D. 2009. Chris Killip. Photoworks. 12, p. 46.
Rinko Kawauchi (2009)
Campany, D. 2009. Rinko Kawauchi. OjodePez. 16, pp. 90-91.
Quotations for an essay about editing (2009)
Campany, D. 2009. Quotations for an essay about editing. Source Magazine. 60.
Historia de arte conceptualo un hogar para 'Homes for America' (2009)
Campany, D. 2009. Historia de arte conceptualo un hogar para 'Homes for America'. Papel Alpha: cuadernos de fotografia. 7, pp. 3-24.
And yes, it's over, now the powerful have found me (or, LA through a high altitude daydream) (2009)
Campany, D. 2009. And yes, it's over, now the powerful have found me (or, LA through a high altitude daydream). PA Magazine. 2.

2008

That obscure object of photography (2008)
Campany, D. 2008. That obscure object of photography. Photoworks. 10, pp. 4-7.
Polaroid: an obituary (2008)
Campany, D. 2008. Polaroid: an obituary. Icon. 59, pp. 36-37.
Motion pictures: the films of Mark Lewis (2008)
Campany, D. 2008. Motion pictures: the films of Mark Lewis. Frieze. 112, pp. 124-129.
The one, the many, the one (2008)
Campany, D. 2008. The one, the many, the one. PA Magazine. 1, pp. 4-5.
The fashion shoot in cinema (2008)
Campany, D. 2008. The fashion shoot in cinema. Aperture. 190.
The aesthetics of the pixel: Thomas Ruff's JPEGs (2008)
Campany, D. 2008. The aesthetics of the pixel: Thomas Ruff's JPEGs. IANN Magazine. 2, pp. 32-47.
Strangely simple and simply strange: the photobook for children (2008)
Campany, D. 2008. Strangely simple and simply strange: the photobook for children. Source Magazine. 54, pp. 20-25.
Re-viewing Rear Window (2008)
Campany, D. 2008. Re-viewing Rear Window. Aperture. 192, pp. 52-55.
From ecstacy to agony: cinema and the fashion shoot (2008)
Campany, D. 2008. From ecstacy to agony: cinema and the fashion shoot. Aperture. 190, pp. 40-45.
The painting of modern life (2008)
Campany, D. 2008. The painting of modern life. Frieze. 112.

2007

Polly Braden's solo city (2007)
Campany, D. 2007. Polly Braden's solo city. Photoworks. 9, pp. 38-43.
Conversation with Paul Graham (2007)
Campany, D. 2007. Conversation with Paul Graham. Art World. 1, pp. 128-129.
Conversation with Brett Rogers, director of the Photographers' Gallery, London (2007)
Campany, D. 2007. Conversation with Brett Rogers, director of the Photographers' Gallery, London. Foam: international photography magazine. 11, pp. 22-26.
John Stezaker's precise enigmas (2007)
Campany, D. 2007. John Stezaker's precise enigmas. Photoworks. 8, pp. 12-19.
'A theoretical diagram in an empty classroom': Jeff Wall's picture for women (2007)
Campany, D. 2007. 'A theoretical diagram in an empty classroom': Jeff Wall's picture for women. Oxford Art Journal. 30 (1), pp. 7-25.
Photography and cinematic surface (2007)
Campany, D. 2007. Photography and cinematic surface. Aperture. 188, pp. 40-49.

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