IVSA Visual Studies Editor
IVSA Visual Studies Editor,
I first came across IVSA in the late 1990s, when researching and writing about the history of British photography; and attended my first conference in Louisville, Kentucky. I found the interdisciplinary community of scholars represented by the organisation to be both generous and stimulating and have been involved ever since.
I became editor of Visual Studies in 2003 and have sought to develop the journal as a leading forum for visual and image-based researchers, working across the disciplinary boundaries between the arts and humanities, material and visual culture, anthropology and qualitative sociology. In recent years my research interests have revolved around the relationship between photography, history and memory. I have worked specifically on the history of photography in South Africa, conducting interview-based and archival research as well as analysing the re-use of historical images as a form of memorialisation in contemporary post-apartheid displays, such as the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and the Kliptown Museum in Soweto. An emerging focus of my research is around the curatorial, ethical and methodological issues involved in working with African photographic archives. Recent publications include Defiant Images: Photography and Apartheid South Africa (University of South Africa Press, 2009) and People Apart: 1950s Cape Town Revisited. Photographs by Bryan Heseltine (Black Dog Publishing, forthcoming). I also curated the exhibition People Apart: Cape Town Survey 1952. Photographs by Bryan Heseltine at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford in 2011.
- Country: United Kingdom