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At Coventry I lead research support and development in the School of Media and Performing Arts, working with researchers and research practitioners in media production, photography, theatre, music and dance. This includes developing research profiles and research grants, doctoral applications, and the supporting the staff to develop and enhance the research and practice they undertake in their duties at Coventry.

I learnt my trade in research development at Glasgow School of Art and Middlesex University, and have acted as a research application reviewer of photography, film and visual culture applications for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), the Australian Research Council and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. I sit on the editorial board of Film-Philosophy (OHP).


  • Time and memory: My principle work has explored the potential for a new philosophy of time and memory in the photograph, based on the work of Gilles Deleuze and Henri Bergson. This work also followed the writing of Bruno Latour, Vilém Flusser and others in order to investigate memory in photography and new media. The research led my book Photography, Cinema, Memory (2009) and The State of the Real (2007, co-edited with Ray McKenzie and Susan Brind).
  • Creativity in cinema production: After developing an undergraduate short course on cinema design, I began to explore creative decision-making in the film industry. This research focused on production design and design-led approaches to creative industry studies, which was funded by the AHRC to conduct a project – ‘Form Follows Fiction’ – on design decisions in 1930s Hollywood, specifically the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musical series. The research is influenced by Actor-Network theory and service design theory, and has led to publications and presentations in the US and the UK, including a contribution to Guy Julier and Liz Moor’s Design and Creativity: Policy, Management and Practice (2009), and in the Journal of Popular Film and Television (2015).
  • Photography – portraiture, authorship, process: After invitations to speak on philosophy and on photography practice, including The Athens Dialogues, I began to explore creative decision-making, tacit knowledge and authorship in photography practice and reception. This research is influenced by the writing of Alain Badiou, Bruno Latour and Nigel Thrift, and has engaged with both artistic and commercial practice. This has developed into twin projects – one looking at the masculinization of humanist photography, and another exploring our relationship to the photographic portrait before and after digital through the philosophy of Kant and Levinas.
  • Other writing: I have also written for scholarly texts, journals and magazines. This includes co-authoring the primer Deleuze Reframed with David Martin-Jones (Glasgow) as well as writing for Screen Methods (Wallflower, 2005), the encyclopedia Transatlantic Relations: France and the Americas, and the journals film-philosophy, Scope, Source, Visual Culture in Britain, and Screen. My research interests also include ethical consumption and popular culture, for which I received AHRC funding with my colleague Karen Wenell (Birmingham).

Area of Expertise:

  • Photography history and theory
  • Art and design history and theory
  • Film, cinema and television studies
  • Visual Arts and philosophy
  • Practice-led research
  • Research support

Research Interests

Film and television history; Visual culture – theory and practice; Cinema and television production studies; Photography history, theory and philosophy

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, University of Glasgow

MA, University of Southampton

Degree, De Montfort University


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

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Research Output

Photography and the Thin Present: Barthes, Deleuze and the Time of Portrayal

Sutton, D., 2 Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Revista de História de Arte - Série W. (In-Press), p. (In-Press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The sublime as a mode of address in contemporary environmental photography

    Sutton, D., Jul 2017, Contemporary Visual Culture and the Sublime. Trifonova, T. (ed.). Routledge, p. 176-188 13 p. (Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
    59 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    28 Downloads (Pure)

    September 11 and the Memory of Media

    Sutton, D., 2013, Philosophy, Method and Cultural Criticism. McIlwain, C. (ed.). New York: Hampton

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Delay: Notes on Photography as Non-Representational Thinking

    Sutton, D., 2012, Valokuvallisia todellisuuksia. Helsinki: Like Kustunnus

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


    Application peer review

    Damian Sutton (Reviewer)

    Activity: OtherReviewer of proposals for funding

    Journal of Design History (Journal)

    Damian Sutton (Peer Reviewer)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

    Resetting a scene: Articulation and the diagrammatic in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

    Damian Sutton (Invited speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Application peer review

    Damian Sutton (Member)

    Activity: OtherReviewer of proposals for funding

    Sara Andersdotter, PhD

    Damian Sutton (Examiner)

    Activity: Examination