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Mr Celio Barreto

Job: PhD student

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

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

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Personal profile

Celio H. Barreto, BA, BFA (Hons.), MA, researches the reciprocal relationship between photographic practices and new visual cultures in the last decades of Meiji Japan. Mr Barreto is affiliated with the School of English and Liberal Studies at Seneca College of Applied Art and Technology Faculty of Art and Design (Toronto), Media and Communication Studies at The University of Guelph-Humber (Toronto), and is an International Post-Graduate Research Student at De Montfort University’s PHRC, after completing his MA in Film and Photographic Preservation and Collections Management at Ryerson University (Toronto), and an assistant Collections Manager at the Royal Ontario Museum  Mr Barreto is a member of the Photographic Historical Society of Canada, The Photographic Collectors Club of Great Britain, The European Society for the History of Photography, and Japanese photographic, philatelic and deltiological history groups. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.

Research group affiliations

Publications and outputs 

2019, Celio H. Barreto. Review of Ross, Kerry. Photography for Everyone: The Cultural Lives of Cameras and Consumers in Early Twentieth-Century Japan. H-Japan, H-Net Reviews. September, 2019. 

2018, Photo-historical research blog: 

2018 "Time Machine" exhibition catalog essay, Ulan Bataar, Mongolia.

2018, Photo-historical research blog:

2017, "The Discovery and Identification of a Silver Mizunotype" Photographica World, 157, no. 3 (2017)43-49.

2017, What The F-Stop?", Contributor, Collections management class publication.

2016, "The Art of Zaya", Introductory essay to Zaya Sambuu's most recent book, Tokyo, Japan.

2015, TM-Studia at the Carrousel du Louvre, ParisÓ; exhibit review, TM-Studia, Nizni-Novgorod, Russia.

2015, "Krzysztof Debicki MA graduation exhibition"; catalog text, Kunsthochschule Berlin Wei§ensee,Berlin, Germany.

2014, "Zenelia Roiz: Volcanica" solo painting exhibition; catalog text, Centro Cultural Pablo AntonioCuadra, Managua, Nicaragua.

Research interests/expertise

Photographic History of Meiji Japan, Visual Culture

Areas of teaching

Visual Culture, Media Studies


BA General Arts, University of Windsor, Canada, BFA Honours, Visual Arts, University of Windsor, Canada, MA Film and Photographic Preservation and Collections Management, Ryerson University, Canada.

Conference attendance

MIRA Workshop, University of Padua, (Online)
PHRC2020, De Montfort University, (Online)
IAJS2018, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.

PhD project


Reciprocal Transformations: E-Hagaki Picture Postcards Reshaping Cultural Values Before, During and After the Russo-Japanese War


How did the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05 impact the visual culture of production of picture postcards? In return, how did these affected practices develop into new cultures that reshaped cultural values in Japan? This proposed PhD project aims to answer this question in order to reveal how photography, through the visual economy of picture postcards, affected the lives of Japanese subjects in the years before, during and after the Russo-Japanese War. It will demonstrate how the war’s impact on photographic practices influenced how people in Japan thought of themselves, and the world outside, in the post-war period up to 1912.

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