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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures


The Business of War Photography

Producing and Consuming Images of Conflict


Durham University and Durham Light Infantry Museum & Durham Art Gallery, UK

31 July to 1 August 2014 


Thursday 31 July (Durham Light Infantry Museum & Durham Art Gallery) 

15.30 Registration 

16.00 Welcome: Janet Stewart (Durham University), Director of the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture 

16.20 Panel 1: Contemporary Currencies 

CHAIR: David Campbell (Independent, 

Simon Faulkner (Manchester Metropolitan University), ‘The Photographic Collective and the Market: The Case of ActiveStills in Israel/Palestine’ 

Rhys Crilley (University of Birmingham), ‘Like and Share Forces: The British Army, Images and the Clean War Narrative on Facebook’ 

Simon Ward (Durham University), ‘Archiving Modern Conflict: The Art and Business of Curating War Photography’ 

Melanie Friend (Artist, University of Sussex), ‘The Home Front: An Introduction to the Exhibition’ (Durham Art Gallery, Gallery One) 

Panel discussion 

18.30 Drinks reception and opportunity to view the exhibition The Home Front on display in Gallery One 

20.00 Dinner (Zizzi, Durham city centre) 

Friday 1 August (Collingwood College, University of Durham) 

9.00 Tea and coffee 

9.30 Panel 2: Magazines and Photojournalism 

CHAIR: tbc 

Beth E. Wilson (SUNY College at New Paltz), ‘World War II and the Corporate Creation of the Photojournalist’ 

Yining He (Writer, Curator of Go East Project), ‘Insights into Chinese War Photography: Studying Pictorial Magazines of the Chinese Communist Party’ 

Lívia Bonadio (Telegraph Magazine), ‘Negotiating Conflict Imagery’ 

Panel discussion 

10.50 Tea and coffee 

11.20 Panel 3: Professional Photographers & Wartime Markets 

CHAIR: tbc 

Pippa Oldfield (Durham University), ‘From Flowers to Firing Squads: Sara Castrejón’s Portrait Studio in the Mexican Revolution, 1910 – 1920’ 

Olli Kleemola (University of Turku), ‘Finnish War Photographer A. G. Salonen and his Impact on the Photo-Albums of Finnish Soldiers in the Continuation War 1941–1944’ 

Anthony Penrose (Lee Miller Archives): ‘Lee Miller and British Vogue’ 

Panel discussion 

12.40 Lunch 

13.30 Panel 4: Photographic Industries 

CHAIR: Hilary Roberts (Research Curator of Photography, Imperial War Museum) 

Colin Harding (National Media Museum, UK), ‘How the British Photographic Industry Reacted to the Outbreak of War in 1914’ 

Patricia A. Nelson (European Institute of Japanese Studies, Stockholm School of Economics), ‘The Impact of War on Photographic Companies in Japan and Germany’ 

Rachel Snow (University of South Carolina Upstate), ‘Photography’s Second Front: Kodak’s "Serving Human Progress" Campaign’ 

Panel discussion 

14.50 Tea and coffee 

15.10 Panel 5: Marketing Images of Destruction 

CHAIR: Tom Allbeson (University of Edinburgh) 

Sandra Camarda (University of Luxembourg), ‘Dreadful like a Postcard: Portraying War and Destruction in Illustrated Postcards of Luxembourg (1914–1918)’ 

Jedge Pilbrow (University of Brighton), ‘Positioning the Sniper Photograph’ 

Kevin Hamilton & Ned O’Gorman (University of Illinois): ‘The Business of Timing: Lookout Mountain Laboratory, EG&G, and Temporal Logics of Cold War Photography’ 

Panel discussion 

16.30 Final panel discussion 

CHAIR: Janet Stewart (Durham University) 

17.15 Close 


The Business of War Photography is co-convened by Dr. Tom Allbeson and Pippa Oldfield, Head of Programme at Impressions Gallery and Doctoral Fellow at Durham University. 

The conference is presented in association with the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture at Durham University, in partnership with Durham Light Infantry Museum & Durham Art Gallery and Impressions Gallery, Bradford. Concessionary rates for postgraduate students are supported by a grant from the Royal Historical Society.