Discussion: Familiar Constructs – Sat 11th Oct

In addition to our own programme, we provided an advisory role on a fascinating panel discussion for the Brighton Photo Fringe this year that looks at the family as subject of photography. It’s got a pretty heavy hitting panel too!


Saturday 11th October, 6pm at Phoenix Brighton. Free Entry.



Chaired by Dr Annebella Pollen, senior lecturer in the History of Art and Design at University of Brighton, this panel discussion will look at the family as photographic subject. The event will move beyond the concept of the nuclear family in order to explore contemporary family politics and to open up a debate around the relationship between the family and the photography studio and the significance of the family album. The discussion, organised in association with Miniclick, is accompanying Familiar Constructs – an exhibition of work by Brighton based photographer Elin Karlsson.

Gillian Rose is Professor of Cultural Geography at The Open University, UK. Her current research interests focus on contemporary visual culture, ways of seeing in domestic and public spaces, and visual research methodologies. She is the author of Doing Family Photography: The Domestic, The Public and The Politics of Sentiment (Ashgate, 2010) and Visual Methodologies (Sage, third edition 2011). Gillian blogs at visual/method/culture, and a full list of her publications can be found at oro. open.ac.uk.

Anne Burns is a PhD candidate at the Loughborough University School of Art. Her thesis exam- ines how women’s photographic self-representations are used on social media to enact practices of gender discipline. Prior to commencing her PhD, Anne was a photography demonstrator at the University of Salford, and worked as a photographer at a high-street portrait studio.

Jonathan Baggaley is a photographer and lecturer. He is currently completing a practice based PhD in photography at the University of Brighton. Jonathan’s work examines the traditional por- trait studio and its apparatus as a space for the articulation of identity and desire. Prior to embarking on this research Jonathan worked for two years as photographer and manager at a High Street portrait studio in Salisbury.

Elin Karlsson is a photographer based in Brighton. Elin’s work is often autobiographical, centred around family relations and the home. She often works with found photographs and is interested in the habits of how we photograph and let ourselves be photographed. In her work she often plays roles for the camera, using our idea of the camera as a truthful medium to tell a story that sometimes is not quite in line with reality.

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