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Seminars: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre

The History and Theory of Photography Research Centre has announced its next series of seminars. They are free and open to all, at 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD, unless otherwise specified

Wednesday 17 February 2016, 6-7:30 pm

Room B04

Linda Mulcahy (London School of Economics)

Docile Suffragettes? Resistance to Police Photography

​Seminal accounts of the history of photography commonly draw attention to the mugshot as the archetypal documentary visual record in which prisoners are rendered docile.  This paper attempts a revisionist account of the mugshot by looking for evidence of resistance and agency. In doing so it draws on a little discussed campaign in which suffragettes regularly resisted having their photographs taken by prison authorities and discusses the implications of this for the way we view these photographs.


Monday 22 February 2016, 5pm

Closing date to apply for the SOAS & BBK Bloomsbury Studentship

‘The John Thomson (1837-1921) Photo Archive: Framing China and South East Asia’


Wednesday 9 March 2016 - 6-7:30

*Clore Building, Room B01, Torrington Square (opposite main building), WC1E 7HX

Jennifer Tucker (Wesleyan University & Birkbeck Institute for Humanities Visiting Fellow)

Picturing Modernization: Vision, Modernity and the Technological Image in Humphrey Jenning's Pandaemonium


Thursday 9 June 2016, 6-7:30 pm

Room 112

Luke Gartlan (University of St. Andrews, Editor of History of Photography journal)

Before ‘White Australia’: The Singleton Family Photo Albums and Early Australian-Japanese Relations


Monday 27 June 2016, 6-7:30 pm

Room 112

Tim Satterthwaite

Spiritualising the machine: the modernist photography of UHU magazine


Saturday 2 July 2016 times and location TBC


Law and Photography

In collaboration with London School of Economics


Patrizia Di Bello (Dr),
Senior Lecturer, History and Theory of Photography
Birkbeck, University of London,

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