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This is what democracy looks like
A photographic protest in two symbolic acts
On 26 March 2011, thousands of people will take to the streets of London to demonstrate against the government’s cuts to public spending. These cuts will wreck the lives of millions, devastating our jobs, pay, pensions, NHS, education, transport, postal and other services. The government claims the cuts… Read More

CFP: Viewing and Reading the Photographs of The Family of Man

Viewing and Reading the Photographs of The Family of Man
Friday 17 June 2011, University of Durham, UK
As part of the activities associated with Ariella Azoulay’s tenure as a Leverhulme Visiting Professor in conjunction with Durham Centre for Advanced Photography Studies (DCAPS), we are planning to host an interdisciplinary 1-day workshop related to one of Ariella’s major… Read More

PHOTO-LEXIC: The Forensic Dimensions of Photography

A One Day Conference & MA Workshop
March 11 2011
Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London
In collaboration with the Photo-Lexic, International Research Group, Minerva Humanities Center, Tel Aviv University.
In the past two decades, photography as a discourse has undergone a fundamental upheaval. The invention of digital photography has affected the… Read More

Draft Paper from Charlotte Mullins on early photographic travel albums

Out with the old, in with the new: the role of the photographic album in the visualization of modernity
Paper given at the Ph photography research group monthly seminar, 8 December 2010
This paper, for me, is an early attempt at articulating a new way of looking at a discrete body of nineteenth-century albums I have been researching at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich…. Read More

CFP: Philosophy of Photography Journal

Philosophy of Photography Journal

Call for Papers
The editors welcome inquiries and submissions from researchers and practitioners from a broad range of disciplines, who seek to explore any aspect of photography from a theoretical standpoint. The journal publishes articles, reviews, conference reports, occasional symposia on key topics and critical… Read More

Vivian Maier, Chicago street photographer

A recently discovered stockpile of work, including over 100,000 negatives, 3000 prints, and  hundreds of roles of undeveloped film by French-born, Chicago resident  Vivian Maier surfaced at auction in 2009, and has been getting some much-deserved attention. A recent piece in the Guardian shared what little is known about her, and was accompanied by a gallery of selected images…. Read More

On the ephemeral in photography

A new exhibition at Hot Shoe Gallery opening on 19 Jan: Hotshoe Gallery, in collaboration with Ordinary-Light Photography, is pleased to present a group show themed around the concept of the ephemeral in photography.
This exhibition is an investigation into the fleeting moment; the profound way in which things appear and then quickly cease to be. Photography, both as an art… Read More

‘Suspicious Acts’ in Society’s ‘Sensitive Places’: Consent and Constraint in Citizen Photography

A version of this short essay was originally written for Kiosk, the magazine of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Kingston University, in response to the theme of ‘constraint’ in contemporary society and culture. It presents an overview of the ways in which the act of photography has become subject to increasing levels of control, both real and imagined,… Read More

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