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Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary

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

The Hub gives emphasis to photographic research that engages with contemporary 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 LCC's international reputation for conceptual photography, the Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary Research Hub was established in January 2013 with internal events for students, staff and alumni. It now operates in different outward-facing project strands.

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  • Logo of the event series 'Theatre of Photography'
    Theatre of Photography, London College of Communication.
    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.

  • Logo of single-line lips
    Image credit Beverley Carruthers, Re-framing the Menopause
    Re-framing Menopause

    A research project investigating menopause exploring fine art methodologies as tools to re imagine the way we both experience and describe menopause.