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International Conference: Photography and Britishness

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International Conference: Photography and Britishness

Time: November 4, 2016 to November 5, 2016
Location: Yale Center for British Art
Street: 1080 Chapel St.
City/Town: New Haven, CT. 06520
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Phone: 203-432-2824
Event Type: conference
Organized By: Yale Center for British Art Research Department
Latest Activity: Oct 19, 2016

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Event Description

This two-day international conference investigates the various ways in which ideas about Britain have been communicated, inflected, and contested through the photographic image. It questions how photographs are understood to mirror, reinforce, or interrupt what constitutes “Britishness” in national, local, imperial, colonial, and postcolonial contexts. 

Advance registration is recommended. For full details of the program and to register, visit Online registration is available through  November 2. Onsite registration will be available on both days of the conference. For further information, please e-mail 

Friday, November 4,
5:30 pm, Keynote Lecture: Martin Parr, A Forty-Year Photographic Journey Through Great Britain
Martin Parr has taken photographs around the globe, but the one subject he continually returns to is Britain. In this talk he explains his journey from the early days of shooting black-and-white photographs in northern towns to his current project depicting the British establishment, in places like Oxford University and the City of London. He has photographed all social classes in all corners of the United Kingdom. His project is even more pertinent today, as the Union is set to potentially unravel in the coming years following the “Brexit” vote in summer 2016.


This conference is co-organized by the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven; the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London; and The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino.

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