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Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary

This research hub brings together practitioners and theorists to explore and promote photography as a mode of imaginary thought and its relation to a collective imaginary. Specifically, we are interested in the increasingly complex research methodologies that underpin fine art photography as a form of knowledge with its own epistemology.

Emphasis is given to photographic works that explicitly engage with contemporary thought; theories that engage with contemporary photography; as well as photographic images and philosophies of the image that contribute to how the imaginary is invested in photographic production and the 'as if' condition of the photographic image.

Building on London College of Communication's international reputation for conceptual photography, the Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary Research Hub started in January 2013, operating in different project strands.


Wiebke Leister,
Beverley Carruthers,


The Skin of the Image (PDF - 3.1MB)

  • Logo of the event series 'Theatre of Photography'

    The Theatre of Photography

    On performativity, the photographic, the theatric, the apparatus, re-enactment, staging, liveness and the event of an image.

  • Logo of the Writing Photographs research group
    Image courtesy of UAL
    Writing Photographs

    On the relationship of photography and writing – and how photographs are expanded, altered and dissected through text in the exhibition context.