Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC), De Montfort University (DMU), Leicester, UK


Photographic History Research Centre

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Photographic History Research Centre

The Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC) has a unique approach to photography and its social and cultural manifestations. It undertakes innovative research on photography and its practices from the early nineteenth century to the present day. It is committed to moving beyond disciplinary boundaries to explore the multiple strands of photography’s history, approaching it as an interconnected set of social and cultural processes, and as a visual economy which embraces the photographic industry, networks of photographic knowledge, science and technology, aesthetic, evidential and informational values and institutional practices.

The Centre is especially focused on extending both the theoretical and historiographical base of photographic history and access to its primary sources. It forms a centre for international scholarship, drawing in scholars  with interests in a wide range of different but interrelated fields, including history of science, geography, anthropology, art history, cultural studies, museology, material culture studies, digital media and three-dimensional imaging. It also provides an important base for the development of digital technologies for resource preservation, publication, discovery and access. Learn more about PHRC resources|.

Postgraduate teaching is a core activity of the PHRC. Teaching and supervision is available from PHRC’s internationally recognized team of research staff|. It offers a unique and innovative MA in Photographic History and Practice and a PhD programme which reflects its range and diversity of interests.

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Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC)

Research Projects

Current PHRC projects include:

Summer conference 2014

Exchanging Photographs: Making Knowledge|
June 20th – 21st  2014

One-day postgraduate symposium

Analogue Photography in the New Media Age|
29 April 2014

Research Seminars

Spring Seminars 2014|  
Tuesdays 4 – 6pm
Edith Murphy Building

The 2014 spring term seminar series will be on the theme, Photography as Evidence and the Law

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