Dr David Campany, Reader in Photography, is a renowned writer, curator and artist. His interests, centred on photography but touching other media, include contemporary art, experimental documentary and photojournalism, conceptual art, globalization, artistic collaboration, the legacies of modernism, and the interrelation of the still and moving image.
His curatorial projects, which tour internationally, often bring together contemporary and historical works in photography, film, video and painting. They include A Handful of Dust, The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip, and Walker Evans: the Magazine work. The books written to accompanying these shows have all won major awards. His other books include Art and Photography, Photography and Cinema, Jeff Wall: Picture for Women, and So Present, So invisible: Conversations on Photography. Author of over 200 essays, he has written for MoMA New York, TATE, Centre Pompidou, and the Stedelijk Museum; and Frieze, Aperture, Source, The Oxford Art Journal, and FOAM magazine. His art practice has been shown at the ICA London, Les Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles, Galerie Andreas Schmidt Berlin, and Fondation ‘A’ Stichting, Brussels.
For his writing, Campany has received the ICP Infinity Award, Alice Award, Kraszna Krausz Award, and the Royal Photographic Society Award.
We understand photography as a broad inter-disciplinary field of study based on the photographic image, set within the distinct but overlapping networks of visual art, culture and media practice. Current focus includes contemporary art, social media, digital imaging, politics and big data networks.