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History and Theory of Photography Research Centre

Upcoming events

The History and Theory of Photography Research Centre runs a busy schedule of events. See below for forthcoming activities, you can also take a look at our recent events here.

24 October 2017, Dr. AnnaLea Tunesi (independent scholar) - Art Dealing, Taste and Politics: Photographs from the archives of Florentine art dealer Stefano Bardini (1836-1922)

When? 6:00-7:30pm
Where? Keynes Library (room 114)


This presentation explores the importance of photography in the nineteenth-century art market and for art-historical studies at large. Looking at images of paintings, sculptures and mediaeval and Renaissance crafts can be simultaneously revealing and deceiving. Time, place and users can change their connotations, raising important questions about their relationship to the original works. Intertwining photography, art collecting and art dealing, considered within an historical framework, this talk begins with Stefano Bardini’s show-room, to introduce his use of photographs for art dealing purposes by exploring the case study of a photograph of Allegory of Love, a c.1508 painting by ‘Il Sodoma’ (Giovanni Antonio Bazzi), and its acquisition of various meanings through its European journeys.

  • October 2017: Exhibition continues until 31 October 2017 - Sunil Gupta: In Pursuit of Love
    When? Monday-Friday, 10:am-8pm, Saturday:10am-5pm
    Where? Peltz Gallery
  • 9 November 2017: Nina Lager-Westberg (Norwegian University of Art & Technology), Images at work: digitisation and the archival cultures of photography
    When? 6:00-7:30pm
    Where? Room 106, Gordon Square
  • 29 November 2017: Book Launch of Kate Flint, Flash! Photography, Writing, and Surprising Illumination (Oxford UP, 2017)
    Panel discussion followed by drinks
    When? 6:00-9:00pm
    Where? Keynes Library (room 114)
  • 6 February 2018: Elizabeth Johnson (Associate Research Fellow, Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology), The touch of light: Bruce Nauman’s holograms
    When? 6:00-7:30pm
    Where? Keynes Library (room 114)