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cfp: Photography in Print / 22-23 June 2015

De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre has put out a call for papers for a conference taking place in June 2015. The Annual International Conference will address the complex and wide range question of ‘photography in print.’ The conference aims to explore the functions, affects and dynamics of photographs on the printed page. Many of the engagements with photographs, both influential and banal, is through print, whether in newspapers, books, magazines or advertising.  

We would like to consider what are the practices of production and consumption? What are the affects of design and materiality? How does the photograph in print present a new dynamic of photography’s own temporal and spatial qualities? In addition, photography can be said to be ‘made’ through the printed page and ‘print communities’. What is the significance of photography’s own a robust journal culture in the reproduction of photographic values? How has photographic history is delivered through the printed page? What are the specific discourses of photography in the print culture of disciplines as diverse as history and art history, science and technology?

Photography in Print continues the theme of previous PHRC conferences, which have explored photographic business practices and flows of photographic knowledge. We would, therefore, like to invite abstracts for papers on these important themes of photography in print. We welcome papers not only on the printed media itself but also on its contextualising processes (e.g. techniques, reception, work practices, design and social impacts). We also welcome interdisciplinary studies from, for example science, history, anthropology, and mass-­‐media. Papers might consider the following key topics but, of course, are not limited to them:

•    Photographic Press

•    Journals and Magazines

•    Photographic Books

•    Writing about Photography (historiography)

•    Photography’s printed ephemera

•    Printed photographs and social as well as technical change

Papers are welcome from all career stages. The PHRC can offer three small bursaries of £100 to help Ph.D. students with travel and accommodation expenses. Please indicate when submitting your abstract if you would like to be considered.

Abstracts of no more than 200-­‐300 words should be sent to: by December 1st 2014.


22-­‐23 JUNE 2015

Photographic History Research Centre De Montfort University, Leicester, UK 

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