The Photographic Cultures Research Group seeks to expand the profile of research into photography through an interdisciplinary approach that includes the social, political, cultural and historical production, dissemination and reception of the photographic. The Group brings together researchers whose expertise in photography bridges subjects of gender, migration, place, violence, aesthetics and questions about medium specificity and transcultural emanations of the photograph.
Members: Prof. Martine Antle, Dr Giorgia Alu, Dr Donna West Brett, Assoc. Prof John Di Stefano, Mr Stephen Gilchrist, Assoc. Prof Natalya Lusty and Dr Catriona Moore.
GIORGIA ALU's expertise in photographic representations in nineteenth-century Italy and her pioneering research on literature and photography brings an important research focus to the Group.
MARTINE ANTLE is a specialist in twentieth-century French theatre, contemporary writing, photography and painting, and has published extensively on race and gender in twentieth and twenty-first-century French literature. Her scholarship spans the political, social, and cultural revolutions that shaped modernity from the turn of the twentieth century to the present.
DONNA WEST BRETT specialises in teaching and researching the photographic. Her research foci includes, German modernism, Cold War photography and issues of memory, violence and trauma. She is the instigator of the Photographic Cultures Research Group and a recent appointment to the Art History and Film Studies department.
JOHN DI STEFANO is a screen-based artist. His academic and creative practice-based research is situated at the intersection between the still and the moving image, focusing on the materialism of the photographic image, notions of temporality and disappearance in documentary practices, and on the evolving essayistic form in contemporary art.
STEPHEN GILCHRIST is from the Yamatji people of the Inggarda language group of northwest Western Australia. His research includes Indigenous photography and contemporary art. He is working on an exhibition titled Everywhen that will open at Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University in February 2016.
NATALYA LUSTY brings expertise in modernist studies and cultural studies to the Photographic Cultures research group. Her work in these fields is informed by the technological, experiential and representational nature of the photographic in relation to the politics and aesthetics of modernity
CATRIONA MOORE teaches in the Department of Art History & Film Studies, and has incorporated her photographic research in all her UG and PG modern and contemporary art and film units. Her pioneering focus on feminism and photography brings added historical and theoretical depth to the Photography Research Group.
ART AND THE DOCUMENT
Art and the Document is a Sydney College of the Arts research cluster actively exploring the dynamic relationship between documentary and aesthetic practices across a spectrum of contemporary art forms. The research also aims to serve as a catalyst in the production of knowledge that emerges from new kinds of dialogue between art and documentary practice.
Members SCA: John Di Stefano, Ryszard Dabek, Cherine Fahd, Merilyn Fairskye, Anne Ferran, David Haines, Justin Trendall, Nicholas Tsoutas, Margaret Seymour, Tanya Peterson, Yanoi Toister and Janelle Evans.