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


Photographic History Research Centre

Influential writers

Professor Elizabeth Edwards features in a new book listing the most influential writers on the subject of photography both living and historical.

Professor Elizabeth Edwards features in a new book listing the most influential writers on the subject of photography both living and historical.    
Diverse Migrations: Photography out of Bounds

19-20 June 2017


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. 

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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Research Projects

PHRC Projects include:

  • Photographs, Colonial Legacy and Museums in Contemporary European Culture (PhotoCLEC)
  • OUT and ABOUT: The experience of topological photography
  • Fuzzyphoto
  • Documenting the World
  • Practising Photography in the Sciences   

AHRC funding for UK/EU arts and humanities research students

The Midlands4Cities 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.

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