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Photography, Place, Environment - Routledge Publishing Series Launch

Venue: Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square

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Photography, Place, Environment publishes original scholarship and critical thinking exploring ways in which photography contributes to, or challenges, narratives relating to geography, environment, landscape and place, historically and now. By critiquing relationships between land, aesthetics, culture and photography, and by placing imagery as both the object and the method of enquiry, the books in this series also foster debates on photographic methodologies, theory and practices.

 Liz Wells, series editor for Photography, Place, Environment, Bloomsbury Academic, will discuss the genesis, context and visual cultural compass of the series. Three authors, Derrick Price, Coal Cultures, Conohar Scott, Photography and Environmental Activism, and Nicola Brandt, Landscapes Between Then and Now, will introduce their respective publications, noting specific histories, geographies and contemporary critical issues relevant, respectively, to images of miners and mining communities, to photography’s relationship with extraction industries and industrial pollution, and to photography’s contribution within processes of reconciliation and memorialisation in Southern Africa. 

This event will include presentations from and discussion between Photography, Place, Environment series authors and editor: Liz Wells, Nicola Brandt, Derrick Price and Conohar Scott.  

Dr. Nicola Brandt is a Namibian-born artist, writer and founder of Conversations Across Place (CaP). Brandt has presented her work internationally, including at intergovernmental talks between Germany and Namibia. She is currently working on a photobook with Steidl Verlag, which reflects on legacies of German colonialism in her country.

Dr. Derrick Price is a freelance writer and independent scholar who has published widely on photography and film. He worked for many years in higher education and was for more than a decade the Associate Dean of Art, Media and Design at the University of the West of England.

Dr. Conohar Scott is a senior lecturer and a practising artist who teaches at the University of Lincoln. His photographic projects are disseminated under the name of Environmental Resistance (, and he also represents the University of Lincoln’s Centre for Ecological Justice (LinCEJ), where he acts as a board member.

Professor Liz Wells’ publications on land and environment include Land Matters, Landscape Photography, Culture and Identity (2011; reprinted 2022) along with many catalogue essays and exhibitions as curator. She is Emeritus Professor in Photographic Culture, University of Plymouth, UK.

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