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Dr Daniel

Job title
Reader in Philosophy and the Image
College name
Central Saint Martins
Email address
Dr Daniel Rubinstein


Daniel Rubinstein is reader in Philosophy and the Image. Internationally recognized for his work on the digital image in the context of contemporary philosophy, modern science and online platforms, his research spans the entangled dimensions of art, media and bio-politics. He is the founding editor of the journal Philosophy of Photography, co-director of the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image (CSNI) and Course Leader of MA Photography at Central Saint Martins.


Research Interests

Entanglements between philosophy, art and science; Augmented urban environments; Algorithmic aesthetics; Queer and cyber theory; Fragments, fractures and fractals; Feedback loops, noise and glitch; Digital afterlife.

Research Statement

My research broadly concerns the conversion of bits of matter into bits of data, with a specific link to desire, memory and images. Translated into several languages and internationally renowned for challenging orthodoxies around image technologies in the media age, my research details how lens based media emerges simultaneously as a new type of discipline and a new art form, one that stands at the cross-roads of visual arts, contemporary philosophy and media technologies.

My research into new forms of visual practice and the links between art and philosophy allowed me to establish a groundbreaking MA Photography course at Central Saint Martins that deeply integrates research into the curriculum. My teaching practice focuses on the links between photography, philosophy and the aesthetics of the digital image, and emphasizes practice as research and research as practice. This trans-disciplinary approach to photography is informed by the understanding that the current visual environment is central to both social and political dimensions of contemporary life and it is explored in my book 'On the Verge of Photography:; Imaging Beyond Representation' (ARTicle Press, 2013).

Project Awards

In 2012 I was awarded AHRC Research Network grant for the study of the photographic image online. The grant allowed me to establish a research network and organize several international conferences, the latest being ‘What is 21st Century Photography’ at CSM in June 2015.

I was awarded the UAL teaching award in 2014 and 2015.

Research Outputs

  • Value of Nothing - Rubinstein, Daniel (2017) Value of Nothing. Journal of Visual Art Practice, 15 (2-3). ISSN 1470-2029 (
  • Photography after Philosophy - Rubinstein, Daniel (2017) Photography after Philosophy. In: The Handbook of Photography Studies. Bloomsbury, London. (In Press) (
  • Post-representational photography, or the grin of Schrödinger's cat - Rubinstein, Daniel (2017) Post-representational photography, or the grin of Schrödinger's cat. In: Photography Reframed. IB Tauris, UK. (Submitted) (
  • Nothing to see here: Fractal Photography and the politics of invisibility - Rubinstein, Daniel (2016) Nothing to see here: Fractal Photography and the politics of invisibility. In: The Routledge Companion to Photography Theory. Routledge, London. ISBN 9781138845770 (In Press) (
  • Failure to engage: art criticism in the age of simulacrum - Rubinstein, Daniel (2016) Failure to engage: art criticism in the age of simulacrum. Journal of Visual Culture. ISSN 1470-4129 (In Press) (
  • Assassination of Experience by Photography - Rubinstein, Daniel (2016) Assassination of Experience by Photography. Bijutsu Techo, 68 (1042). pp. 98-104. ISSN 0287-2218 (
  • Gift of the Selfie - Rubinstein, Daniel (2015) Gift of the Selfie. In: Ego Update. Alain Bieber, NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf. ISBN 9783863358310 (
  • What is 21st Century Photography? - Rubinstein, Daniel (2015) What is 21st Century Photography? The Photographers' Gallery Blog. (
  • Digital Image - Rubinstein, Daniel (2014) Digital Image. Mafte’akh; Lexical Review of Political Thought, 6 (1). ISSN 2224-4557 (
  • On The Verge of Photography: Imaging Beyond Representation - Rubinstein, Daniel and Golding, Johnny and Fisher, Andy (2013) On The Verge of Photography: Imaging Beyond Representation. ARTicle Press, Birmingham. ISBN 9781873352021 (


  • Sara Buoso'What Does Light Frame? Investigating the Material and the Practices of Light in Contemporary Arts'. -
  • Andrea Muendelein(AHRC funded) 'Contemporary metropolis and representation of stranger in photography'. -
  • Shinsuke Nakano'FashionMemory and History: fashion practice as remembering through craft and digital media'. -