Damian Sutton


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    My work is mainly in the contextual understanding of photographs and photographic practices in the past and the present. For over twenty years I have taught history and theory to art, design, and photography students at Glasgow School of Art, Middlesex University, and here at Coventry. I supervise doctoral projects in photography and arts practice and theory.



    Research Interests

    I am currently working on a book on iconic photographic portraiture in history and theory. I also remain interested in philosophy and critical theory of the arts (Deleuze and Guattari, Bergson, Rancière and others) and in visual culture more widely. 

    In development

    I am currently developing project ideas in:

    - photography, ethics, and consent

    - the legacy of the flâneur in modern and recent photography


    Doctoral Supervisions (* indicates practice-led research)



    Ben Campion: ‘Art, Agency and Ethics: A Critique of Aesthetic Scepticism in the Philosophy of Photography’ (Warwick, supervisor)




    *Alex Murphy: ‘An Inert State: Tracing a double-defiance of death via photographic poiesis’ (Middlesex, Director of Studies then supervisor) https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/37329/


    *Carla Hamer: ‘Photographic encounters: A performative framework for practice-led

    ethnographically-informed research’ (Middlesex, Director of Studies then supervisor)



    Darren Berkland: ‘The gestural assembling of the selfie’ (Coventry, supervisor)



    *Rebecca Key: ‘From Sketchbook to Gallery, Script to Screen:Drawing with Objects in Installation & Mise-en-scène’ (Coventry, Director of Studies)



    Francien Broekhuizen: ‘Postfeminist wedding cultures: temporality, materiality and embodiment’ (Coventry, supervisor)



    *Nina Bacos: ‘A White Woman’s Photographic Travel Journal’ (Glasgow School of Art, Co-director of Studies)





    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctorate, ‘The Crystal Image’, University of Glasgow

    Award Date: 4 Jul 2002

    MA, Film Studies, University of Southampton

    Award Date: 5 Mar 1997

    Degree, Media Studies, De Montfort University

    Award Date: 8 Jul 1993


    • TR Photography
    • Theory
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Culture
    • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
    • BH Aesthetics


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