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)
Current PHRC projects include:
Summer Conference 2017
Diverse Migrations: Photography out of Bounds
Radio 3 Essay series - 'The Five Photographs that (You Didn't Know) Changed Everything
16 February 2015, 10.45pm on Radio 3
PHRC has put together a series of Essays for BBC Radio Three examining photographs which are historically important yet little-known.
DMU's acclaimed photographic historians to take over national airwaves for BBC series - news article
The Five Photographs That (You Didn't Know) Changed Everything - news article
Available on BBC iPlayer
Cultures of Photography Seminars
Personal wartime photography in Egypt
Travelling Memories: the Boissonnas photo-albums Salonique et ses basiliques (1913) and Smyrne (1919)
AHRC funding for UK/EU arts and humanities research students
The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership will be awarding 410 PhD studentships over a five year period to excellent research students in the arts and humanities, find out more .