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Research interests

General interests: history and theory of photography; photography and philosophy; art writing; the essay; contemporary photographic art; sociology of race; critical philosophy of race; critical whiteness studies.

Research specialisms: photography and literature; photography and fiction; photography and the essay form; photography and prose poetry; photography and scientific racism; photography and whiteness; photography and magic; spirit photography; photography and surrealism; photography and spectrality.

Teaching (2019/20): My undergraduate teaching includes the Second Year elective Photography, Race, Whiteness, which looks at the visual and psychological basis of "seeing white" in relation to the history of "western" photography, engaging key themes such as the visual culture of the origins of racism in the "west", the photographic legacy of British and American colonialism post-1850, the colonial gaze, the white gaze, the white eye and white identity politics. I also tutor Third Year extended essays and dissertations on various themes related to my research interests. 

At postgraduate level I lead the two Critical & Historical Studies modules taught within MA Photography. I am module leader for Contemporary Debates, a critical survey of key concepts in photography practice and theory that includes ideas of medium, technology, apparatus, the digital, materiality, immateriality, incorporeality, automatic, accident, chance, temporality, picturing, painting, cinema, truth, fiction, fictionality, documentary aesthetics, race and whiteness. I am also module leader for MA Dissertation. 

Scholarly biography

Daniel C. Blight is a writer based in London. He works on various forms of the essay, fiction and poetry, and has been published by 1000 Words, Aperture, Foam, frieze, The Guardian, Notes on Metamodernism, Philosophy of Photography, Photoworks, Vogue Italia, Manchester Art Gallery, UCL Art Museum, Art Museum of Estonia, FOMU Belgium and the Australian Centre for Photography. 

In 2018 he was shortlisted for the School of Visual Arts New York prize for critical writing on photography. His first book, The Image of Whiteness: Contemporary Photography and Racialization, was co-published by SPBH Editions and Art on the Underground in September 2019. 

He is lecturer (assistant professor) in Historical & Critical Studies in Photography, School of Media, University of Brighton, and has been visiting lecturer at Camberwell College of Arts, Coventry University, Royal College of Art, University of Copenhagen, University of Oxford and Yale University.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Royal College of Art

1 Oct 200626 Jun 2009

External positions

Visiting Tutor, Critical and Historical Studies, Royal College of Art

1 Oct 20161 Aug 2019

Online Editor, Viewpoints, The Photographers' Gallery, The Photographers' Gallery

1 Apr 201310 Apr 2019


  • TR Photography
  • BH Aesthetics
  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR

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Research Output 2008 2019

How do white people see?

C. Blight, D., 1 Nov 2019, Milan : Vogue Italia.

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access

Perfect White Family

C. Blight, D., 1 May 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access

Be it in light or shadow: Photography and the Essay

C. Blight, D., 2018, The Photographers' Gallery.

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access

Cold, Dull, Ashen: The Image of Whiteness

C. Blight, D., 1 Nov 2018, 7 p. Antwerp, Belgium : Photography Museum Antwerp (FOMU).

Research output: Other contribution

Activities 2008 2019

The Image of Whiteness, University Centre Farnborough

Daniel Campbell Blight (Presenter)
17 Oct 2019

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

The Image of Whiteness, Museum of Modern Art PS1, New York

Daniel Campbell Blight (Presenter)
21 Sep 2019

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

The Image of Whiteness, Yale University, New Haven

Daniel Campbell Blight (Presenter)
20 Sep 2019

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

The Image of Whiteness, Photography Studies College, Melbourne

Daniel Campbell Blight (Presenter)
29 Oct 2018

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk


University of Westminster (External organisation)

Daniel Campbell Blight (Chair)
1 Jun 20181 Sep 2021

Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesRepresentation of University on boards and bodies