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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 international reputation for conceptual photography, the Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary Research Hub started in January 2013 at London College of Communication and has been operating in different project strands.

Installation made of colourful materials
Installation by Saroj Patel, image courtesy of UAL

Menopause

Researching the menopause through collective re-imagining and public performances.

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Photography as Contemporary Imaginary

Co-organized by Beverley Carruthers, Wiebke Leister, Paul Tebbs, Esther Teichmann.

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.