Professor of the History and Culture of Photography Director of Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC)
London College of Communication
London College of Communication
Professor Val Williams is Director of the Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) at LCC and responsible for the initiation by the Centre of new research projects, both large and small. The Centre publishes its research findings in the biannual publication Fieldstudy and has organised study days at LCC and LCF (Out of the Box: LCC 2003 and Unfolding the Tissue: LCF 2004, The Elephant Vanishes: LCC 2005).
Val's personal research revolves around photography. She is also the author of Anna Fox Photographs 1983, a mid career retrospective of the work of Anna Fox, published by Photoworks in 2007. She curated the exhibition and conference at the University of Sussex: Hidden Photographic Archives from the 1970s (October 2005) and received AHRC Funding for The New British Photography 1967-1981 and ROAD: Artists and the Stop the M11 Link Road Campaign. In 2005 she was joint curator of Magnum Ireland for the Irish Museum of Modern Art and joint author of Magnum Ireland (Thames and Hudson). She was awarded the Dudley Johnstone medal for curation by the Royal Photographic Society in 2005.
In 2006, she co-curated (with Susan Bright) the exhibition How We Are: Photographing Britain for Tate Britain. The exhibition opened in 2007, accompanied by a catalogue.
She is an editor of the Journal of Photography and Culture.
Public space and political action, architecture and participation, the right to the city, socially engaged spatial practices.
Daniel Meadows was one of a group of photographers trained at Manchester Polytechnic in the early 1970s, who spearheaded the independent photography movement in Britain, breaking with tradition and infusing the medium with new energies and ways of seeing. In 2009 Val was awarded a UAL sabbatical to work on the Meadows' Archive. Two interns from the University of Wales were appointed, and the first research seminar was held in early November 2009 and was attended by Paul Reas (University of Wales) and Peter James (Birmingham Central Libraries).
For this first research period, she concentrated on the Meadows papers, and the first research paper she has presented explores the Free Photographic Omnibus project. She has also presented a paper at the Communities and Archives seminar organised by London Met University and held at the Women's Library (November 2009). The Meadows Archive was also explored in a section in the forthcoming issue of the Journal of Photography and Culture.
Alexander Awramenko, The Interstitial Space: Photography and the Extended Gaze.
Asa Johannesson, Beyond the Queer Gaze: Representation and the Viewer in Queer Photography.
Annebella Pollen, Identity, Memory, Compassion and Competition: Mass-Participation Photography and Everyday Life.
Williams, Val and Davidmann, Sara (2017) Moose on the Loose 2017 Biennale of Research: Collaborations Transformations. [Show/Exhibition]
Davidmann, Sara and Williams, Val and Christian, Robin (2016) Ken. To be destroyed (2016 exhibition). [Show/Exhibition]
Williams, Val (2016) Janet and Kathleen 1967-1969. In: Janet Mendelsohn Varna Road. Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, pp. 60-65. ISBN 978-19048644998
Williams, Val (2015) Daniel Meadows: Early Photographic Works. [Show/Exhibition]
Williams, Val (2015) Figures of Folk. [Show/Exhibition]
Williams, Val and Christian, Robin (2014) The John Wall Archive: The Directory of British Photography Collections. In: Archives 2.0, 25 to 26 November 2014, National Media Museum.
Williams, Val (2014) Leisure and Pleasure: Anna Fox in Beauvais 2013-2014. In: Anna Fox: Loisirs. Diaphane editions, France. ISBN 9 782919 077267
Williams, Val (2014) Postcards from Robert's. [Show/Exhibition]
Williams, Val (2014) The John Wall Archive of the Directory of British Photographic Collections, 1977. Journal of Photography&Culture, 7 (2). pp. 197-204. ISSN 978-1-4742-1859-7
Williams, Val (2014) Making Networks in British Photography in the 1970s and 80s: The Midland Group Gallery. In: National Photography Symposium 2014, 12 June 2014, Library of Birmingham.