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Seminars: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre

Birkbeck's History and Theory of Photography Research Centre has announced its summer seminar programme. The events are free and open to all at 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD.


Wednesday 6 May, 6-7:30

Room 112

Work in Progress Seminar

Raul Valdivia (Birkbeck, Iberian and Latin American Studies)

Popular or vernacular photography in Peru

This paper explores how the act of photographing the ‘masas populares’ by the masses themselves is part of a representational process where aesthetic and political elements are combined to create counter-hegemonic visual narratives and histories from below.

Tuesday 12 May, 7-9

Room 112

Reading Group

Jacques Derrida, ‘The Deaths of Roland Barthes’, The Work of Mourning (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2001) 31-67


Wednesday 20 May, 6-8:00

Panel Discussion

Room G04

Photographs of London

Tom Allbeson (Nottingham) on Herbert Mason, ‘St Paul's’, 29 December 1940; Lynda Nead (Birkbeck) on Bert Hardy, ‘Life in the Elephant’, Picture Post, January 1949; Ian Walker (Newport) on Thomas Struth, ‘Clinton Road’ 1977; Responding: Mike Seaborne (Freelance, formerly Museum of London).

Please book your free place

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