My academic work is concerned with photography. I bought my first DSLR for a research trip to Israel in 2007 but my engagement with photographic theory started well before that. I find the ways that imagery moves between evidence and symbol fascinating, and the tension between what an exhibition text says and what the images communicate led to my PhD research.
Although a lot of my output references photography in some way, these pieces are particularly connected to the visual.
This is Chapter 1 of my PhD. It offers a reading of the Auschwitz Album photos, trying to work out why the images were taken and considering the ambiguities of representation – and omission – in the album.
This is a draft piece I wrote about the experience of taking photographs during lockdown. It’s posted here for feedback: please download if you like.
This is a photo-essay describing a trip to our local pharmacy early in lockdown.