The Versatile Image: Photography in the Era of Web 2.0

Conference 24th - 26th June 2011

Photography, Film and Digital Imaging

Faculty of Arts, Design and Media


Conference Programme



Friday 24 June 2011

Culture Lab
Newcastle University

Grand Assembly Rooms, King's Walk, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU


16:30 Registration

17:00 Welcome and Introduction

17:30 Keynote speech

Martin Lister, Emeritus Professor of Visual Culture, UWE (UK)

“Photography, Technology, Ecology”

18:30 Wine Reception


Saturday 25 June 2011

The David Puttnam Media Centre

University of Sunderland

Sir Tom Cowie Campus, St Peter's Way, Sunderland, SR6 0DD

9:30 Registration

10:00 Keynote speech

David Bate, Reader in Photography, University of Westminster (UK)

“The Emancipating Machine”

11:00 Tea Break

11:30 Panels A & B

Panel A

1. Daniel Palmer, Senior Lecturer in Art Theory, Monash University (Australia)

“The Rhetoric of the JPEG”

2. Paolo Magagnoli, PhD candidate in History of Art, UCL (UK)

“Digital Compression/Postmodern Melancholia: The Art of Sean Snyder”

3. Rachel Wells, Lecturer in Art History ,Lecturer in Art History, Newcastle University (UK)

Digital Scale: Enlargement and Intelligibility in Thomas Ruff’s jpeg series

Panel B

1. Rob Wilkie, Assistant Professor, English Department, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (USA)

“The ‘Posthuman’ Eye: Class, Ethics, and the Digital Image”

2. Damian Sutton, Reader in Photography, Middlesex University (UK)


3. Nicholas Muellner, Associate Professor, Cinema, Photography and Media Arts,

Park School of Communications, Ithaca College (USA)

“The New Interval”

13:00 Lunch and tea

14:30 Panels C & D

Panel C

1. David Jackson, Lecturer in Media Arts,
University of Bedfordshire (UK)

“We are Here: Camilo Josè, Vergara’s Invisible Cities”

2. Arabella Plouviez, Professor in Photography and

Carol McKay, Senior Lecturer in Photography/Photographic Theory,

Faculty of Art, Design andMedia, University of Sunderland (UK)

“Photography, Walking and Social Networking: Reflecting on Critical
Photographic Practice”

3. Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina, artists and founders of AhmettSalina Studio (Indonesia)

“Don't ever Take Life Seriously. Nobody Gets out Alive Anyway (Urban Play)”

Panel D

1. Kari Andén-Papadopoulos, Associate Professor, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication,

Stockholm University (Sweden) and

Stuart Allan, Professor of Journalism, Media School, Bournemouth University (UK)

“Redefining Photojournalism: Citizen Photography and Conflict Events”

2. Yasmin Ibrahim, Reader in International Business and Communications, Queen Mary (UK)

“Bearing Witness in the Digital Age Mediated Suffering in a Converged World”

3. Marta Zarzycka, Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender studies, Utrecht University (The Netherlands)

“Digital Processing: Loss and Mourning in Press Photography”

16:00-:16:30 Coffee Break

16:30-17:30 Keynote speech

Julian Stallabrass, Professor of Art History, Courtauld Institute of Art (UK)

“The Afterlife of Abu Ghraib”

17:30-18:30 Discussion chaired by David Campbell, photography consultant, writer and multimedia producer,

and member of the Centre for Advanced Photography Studies, Durham University

19:00 Conference Dinner


Sunday 26 June 2011

The David Puttnam Media Centre

University of Sunderland

Sir Tom Cowie Campus, St Peter's Way, Sunderland, SR6 0DD


9:30 Registration

10:00 Keynote speech

Mia Fineman, Assistant Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (USA)

“Phoning It In”

11:00 Tea Break

11:30 Panels E & F

Panel E

1. Mikko Villi, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Communication, Aalto University (Finland)

“Messaging and Publishing Photographs: Sharing Camera Phone Photographs via the Internet”

2. Eve Forrest, PhD candidate, CRMCS, University of Sunderland (UK)

“Beyond the Image: A Phenomenology of Digital Photographic Practices”

Panel F

1. Bronwen Colquhoun, PhD candidate and

Areti Galani, Lecturer, International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, Newcastle University (UK)

“Flickr The Commons: Challenging Perceptions of Photographic Collections?”

2. Janda Gooding, Head of Photographs, Film, Sound and Multimedia, Australian War Memorial (Australia)

“Physical to Virtual: The Life Story of a Collection of Photographs”

3. Vikki Hill, PhD candidate, University of the West of England (UK)

“Viewing the Past through Web 2.0 Technologies”

13:00 Conference ends