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Dr Michael Simmons

Job: Programme Leader MA Photography

Faculty: Art, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Media and Communication

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7679

E: msimmons@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/somc

 

Personal profile

Dr Mike Simmons has research interests in the practical application of creative photography, as a core strategy, in the development of new and innovative approaches to exploring themes of loss, memory and identity. With particular emphasis on human adaptation to the experiences of bereavement and grief, Mike’s work seeks to provide a tangible and meaningful interpretation and expression of human experiences. Using traditional, experimental, or electronic means to consider the potential power and impact that original photographic artwork can make in the material world, and the ways such processes can contribute to knowledge in ways that might otherwise remain hidden through more conventional methods of enquiry. 

Publications and outputs 

 

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Key research outputs

Simmons, M. 2013. A Creative Photographic Approach: interpretation and healing through creative practice. In: Lowenthal, D. Phototherapy and Therapeutic Photography in a Digital Age. London, Routledge.

Simmons, M. 2010. Photography, Bereavement and Grief in the Digital Age: Reopening our Dialogue with Death. Position paper and screening - HCI at the End of Life: Understanding Death, Dying and the Digital Workshop at CHI 2010 (ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems) 10 -15 April Atlanta, Georgia USA. Available from: Toronto University at - www.dgp.toronto.edu/~mikem/hcieol/subs/simmons.doc.

Simmons, M. 2005. Photography, Loss and Memory. In: Mortality Volume 10 Supplement. London, Routledge.

Simmons, M. Hill, P. Photography and Grief. In: 2007 Photography and Grief. In: Mortality Volume 12 Supplement.

Research interests/expertise

  • the significance of photographic image making in the representation of personal experiences
  • the relevance, effectiveness and diversity of creative photographic practice as a research strategy
  • how knowledge, understanding and awareness can be communicated through the relationship between photographic representation and audiences

Areas of teaching

  • MA Photography Photographic Practice
  • MA by Independent Study
  • MPhil/PhD Supervision

Qualifications

PhD, MA

Courses taught

Photography MA

  • Programme Leader MA Photography
  • Mentor MA by Independent Study

Forthcoming events

2012/13 – Forthcoming. Memory and Identity: creating meaning through photography. London Independent Photography – Workshop, London UK.  Attendance funded by London Independent Photography.

 

Conference attendance

Simmons, M. 2010. A Creative Photographic Approach - Paper presentation and screening – PHOTOTHERAPYEUROPE - European Phototherapy Symposium: Researching Phototherapy and Therapeutic Photography, 19th-21st. Roehampton University, London, UK. 

Simmons, M. 2010 - Photography, Bereavement and Grief in the Digital Age: Reopening our Dialogue with Death – Position paper and screening - HCI at the End of Life: Understanding Death, Dying and the Digital Workshop at CHI 2010 (ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems) 10 -15 April Atlanta, Georgia USA. 

Simmons, M. 2009. The Self in Photography: Autobiography, Interpretation & Context - London Independent Photography Workshop - 26th September, London UK. Attendance funded by London Independent Photography.
Simmons, M. 2008. Beyond Words: creative photographic practice and the interpretation of grief. AND Simmons, M. Wilson, T. 2008. Pictures From Life:  an alternate model in bereavement care for children, young people and their families - Paper presentations and screening – First International Conference Phototherapy and Therapeutic Photography, June16–18, University of Turku, Finland. 

Current research students

De Montfort University 

  • 2nd Supervisor - Maria Paschalidou Mode: Part-time. Due to complete: 2016

University of West London 

  • 2nd Supervisor - Carol Hudson. Mode: part-time. Due to complete: 2015

Professional esteem indicators

Reviewing Activities:

  • 2012 – 2015 University of West London
    2nd Supervisor - Carol Hudson. Mode: part-time. Due to complete: 2015.
  • 2011 November - Peer review of paper for conference in US ACM CHI 2012 Paper # 856 - Grief-Stricken in a Crowd: The language of emotional distress in social media
  • 2010 - September.  Peer review of manuscript for Behind the Image: Research in Photography by Anna Fox and Natasha Caruana, AVA Publishing.
  • 2009: Joint Periodic Subject Review External Panel Member. The Division of Fine Art, BA Photographic Practice, BA Fine Art, BA Fine Art Painting and Drawing and MA Fine Art, University of Northampton.

Case studies

Pictures From Life, Childhood Bereavement Network Bulletin Issue 8 August 2005.

Rycroft, P. 2002 Photography, Memory and Meaning: personal stories and grief adaptation. In: The Victorian Association of Family Therapists Inc. Vol. 24, No. 3 p.1. pp. 12-14.

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