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PhD Studentship: Photography As Art Since The Sixties

The Department of Art History and Theory at the University of Essex in collaboration with the Tate invites applications for a fully-funded AHRC PhD studentship to commence October 2010. The topic for the doctoral research project is 'Photography as Art since the Sixties'.

The research topic concerns photography's recent history, notably, its transformation from anti-aesthetic, post-conceptual document to large scale pictorial art. It investigates what distinguishes photography as a mode of depiction and an artistic medium, particularly in light of recent artists' use of digital technologies.

The research has immediate practical implications as it will inform interpretation of the Tate's existing collection and shape future acquisitions. The research will be supervised by Prof Margaret Iversen at Essex and Dr. Simon Baker, Curator of Photography, Tate.

The award pays tuition fees and a maintenance grant each year for a maximum of three years of full-time doctoral study (subject to evidence of satisfactory progress) and is available to UK/EU students first registering to undertake a research degree in September 2010.

Further information about the Research Project: 'Photography as Art since the Sixties' can be found on the departmental web pages at

For information about the Tate, please visit:

Preliminary inquiries may be addressed to Professor Margaret Iversen at the University of Essex:

Please contact Myra Offord, the Graduate Administrator for application forms.


T 01206 872953

Closing date: 14 June 2010

Interview date: week beginning 24 June 2010

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