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This one-day symposium seeks to explore current practices of researching, writing and exhibiting photography, three activities central to the production of knowledge about photography.

The symposium will consider the intertwined relationships between these activities from two main standpoints:

1. The ways in which the practices of researching, writing and exhibiting photography draw from, influence and critique one another as they produce our understandings of the photographic.
2. The ways in which the photographic, understood here as technical forms and associated images, operates as a transformative force within society, and in doing so produces the field for researching, writing and exhibiting photography.

Organised into three successive panels – Researching Photography, Writing Photography and Exhibiting Photography - the event brings together researchers, writers and curators working in academic and commercial contexts, whose interests span from photographic archives to contemporary photographic practice.

The symposium will provide a platform to discuss conceptual, theoretical and practical approaches to the study, discourse and display of photography; and how their intertwined relationship(s) can offer reflections on approaching the opportunities and challenges presented by working in the arts and humanities today.


  • David Bate (University of Westminster); Benedict Burbridge (University of Sussex)
  • Anna Dannemann (The Photographers' Gallery)
  • Sara Davidmann (London College of Communication; paper co-written with Val Williams, London College of Communication)
  • Christopher Morton (University of Oxford)
  • Russell Roberts (University of South Wales)
  • Karen Shepherdson (Canterbury Christ Church University)
  • Kelley Wilder (De Montfort University).

This event is free and open to all, but you need to register for a ticket via Eventbrite.

For more information, contact Sara Dominici on [email protected]

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