Call for Papers: Exhibiting Photography

Call for Papers: Exhibiting Photography

Exhibiting Photography – International Conference
Date: 8 – 10 April, 2011
University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS

In April 2011, the annual Deutsche Börse Photography Prize will be presented by The Photographer’s Gallery at the University of Westminster’s flagship exhibition space Ambika P3. The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize rewards one living contemporary photographer, who has made the most significant contribution to the photographic medium in Europe over the previous year. To mark the occasion, The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) of the University of Westminster will be convening Exhibiting Photography, a three-day event considering issues central to the contemporary display of photographic art.

There will be four half-day themes:


Are the terms upon which photography has become accepted as ‘fine art’ flexible and constructive, or have they served to favour particular practices and secure a restrictive canon? What are the current models for curating photography?


The notion of ‘influence’ has remained a persistent, perhaps irritating question in discussion of photographers and their photographic work. What factors can be said or seen to inform the production of photographs within different spheres of practice, within institutions such as art and education, and how might we conceive of the formation of ideas and practices about photography within them?


Over the last ten years there has been a resurgence of documentary-related practice in exhibitions. Why is this? What is at stake in the relation between contemporary art and documentary? Can contemporary art function meaningfully as a substitute for the collapse of the traditional outlets for documentary practice? What is gallery-specific documentary photography?


Attitudes to photography as a ‘specific medium’ have remained restless since the 1840s. While contemporary art is frequently described as being in a ‘post-medium condition’, interest in the notion of photographic specificity persists, in the attitudes of many image-makers, critics, theorists and institutions. Can or need this be resolved?

We welcome proposals for papers of a maximum of 30 minutes addressing any one of the above.

Send abstracts of no more than 250 words. They must include the presenter’s name, affiliation, email and postal address, together with the title of the paper and a 150-word biographical note on the presenter.

Abstracts should be sent to Helen Cohen at and arrive no later than Friday 7 January 2011.

This conference will take place from Friday 8 April to Sunday 10 April 2011. The fee for registration will be:
Full conference: Standard rate £200. One day rate £110
Full conference: Student rate £90. One day rate £65.
This covers all conference documentation, refreshments, meals, receptions and administration costs. Registration will open in February 2011.

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