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Photography: Medium and Method

Date: 15 June 2010 Time: 10.30am-4.30pm

Venue: Bowland North Seminar Room 10

Lysia Richmond, 2010
Lysia Richmond, 2010

Photography: Medium and Method

One Day Seminar organised by Fiona Summers and Rebecca Coleman

Sociology Department, Lancaster University

15th June 2010 | 10.30am-4.30pm | Bowland North Seminar Room 10

The ubiquity of photographic images and technologies for producing and circulating photographs, which are increasingly digital and global in scope, has been widely discussed as a central aspect of contemporary media culture and photography's pervasiveness in contemporary life is typically cited as a key issue in recent writing on photography. As a practice which produces many billions of objects, photography has been described as more democratic than other mediums because it is 'in the hands of many' and has been used since its invention as a means for classification, signification and expression. Photography is therefore clearly an important phenomenon for academic study - both as an object, or medium for analysis and as a tool for empirical research.

This seminar will raise questions on the role of photography in research, with speakers discussing issues including; how ethnographers can put digital cameras to use in their research, the relation between the photographic image and affect and between the digital and material in the photo archive, shifts from the technologies of chemical and paper to code and screen, the diverse uses and appropriations of photographic representation and ways in which photography is embedded in social identities, in politics and in history.


10.15 Registration

10.45 Introduction: Fiona Summers and Rebecca Coleman

11.00-11.45: Session 1

Katrina Sluis (Arts, Media and English, London South Bank University)

'Immersed in Metadata? The Materiality of the Networked Photograph'

11.45-12.00 Break

12.00-1.15: Session 2

Eugenie Shinkle (Design, Digital Media and Photography, Westminster University) 'Fashion Photography and Affect Theory'

Alison Rooke (Centre for Community and Urban Research, Sociology, Goldsmiths College) 'Reading the Signs of the City: Exploring the Visual Cultures of European Cities through Participatory Photographic Practice'

1.15-2.15 Lunch

2.15-3.30: Session 3

Darren Newbury (Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham City

University) 'Images, Practices, Stories: Researching Photographic Histories in South Africa'

Anne-Marie Fortier (Sociology, Lancaster University) 'Facing Britain: Photography and Making Bodies (into) Matter'

3.30-3.45 Break

3.45-4.30 Discussion

Led by Tim Dant (Sociology, Lancaster University

For more information, contact Fiona Summers or Rebecca Coleman:


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Rebecca Coleman, Fiona Summers

Organising departments and research centres: Feminist Media Studies Research Group, Media, Film & Cultural Studies (formerly ICR), Sociology


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