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 the context, creation, and legacy of Alexander Gardner's 'Portrait of Lewis Payne' (1865).  Spin-off projects include research on the Gardner group of Civil War photographers, on on the contribution of John C. Taylor to Civil War photographic culture, and on the contested histories of Civil War imagery.


    In development

    I am currently developing project ideas in:

    - the contribution of practice research in art history and the academy

    - photography, ethics, and consent


    Study with me

    Contact me if you are interested in doctoral study in the following areas:

    - photography and cultural memory (from 1839 onwards)

    - history and theory of practice and research in the academy in art and design 


    Fully funded PhD opportunity for 2024!



    Doctoral Supervisions (* indicates practice-led research)



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



    Shaheen Merali: Shifting Paradigms: The role of political Black art and curation in de-canonisation and decolonisation of the art field since the late 1980s Britain.




    *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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