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Research interests

General interests: history and theory of photography; photography and philosophy; the essay form; image-text relations; contemporary photographic art; contemporary photobooks; sociology of race; critical philosophy of race; racial capitalism; critical race theory; critical whiteness studies; scientific racism

Research specialisms: photography and racial whiteness; photography and race; photography and colonialism; photography and orientalism; photography and scientific racism; photography and literature; photography and the essay form

Approach to teaching

My undergraduate teaching includes the Second Year (Level 5, HCS4) elective Photography, Race, Whiteness, which considers the visual and social basis of "seeing white" in relation to the history of "western" colonialist, imperialist and orientalist photographies. The seminars critically engage themes such as the visual culture of the origins of modern racism in Britain and America, the photographic legacy of British colonialism, the colonial gaze, the white gaze and white identity politics. I also tutor Third Year (Level 6, HCS5) extended essays and dissertations, and teach across other Historical and Critical Studies modules on BA Photography, including lectures on photography and surrealism; photography, fiction and narrative and photomontage. 

At postgraduate level I organise the two Historical & Critical Studies modules taught within MA Photography. I am module leader for Contemporary Debates, a critical survey of key modes of thinking in photography theory which include seminars and workshops on Medium, Technology, Apparatus; Materiality, Immateriality, The Incorporeal; Automatic, Accident, Chance; Picturing, Stillness, Time; Truth, Fiction, Fictionality; Documentary Aesthetics; Queering Photography; Photography, Race, Whiteness and Photography and the Essay Form. I am also module leader for MA Dissertation.

Scholarly biography

Daniel C. Blight is Lecturer in Photography (Historical & Critical Studies), School of Media, University of Brighton, and the author of The Image of Whiteness: Contemporary Photography and Racialization (SPBH Editions and Art on the Underground, 2019).

Blight works on various forms of the essay, fiction and poetry, and has written for magazines and journals including 1000 Words, Aperture, Foam, frieze, The Guardian, Philosophy of Photography, Photoworks, Vogue Italia, as well as contributed chapters to publications from Manchester Art Gallery, UCL Art Museum, Art Museum of Estonia, FOMU Belgium, the Australian Centre for Photography and Rowman & Littlefield.

He has been a visiting lecturer at Camberwell College of Arts, Coventry University, Royal Academy of Art The Hague, Royal College of Art, University of Copenhagen, University of Fine Arts of Hamburg, Photography Studies College Melbourne, University of Oxford and Yale University.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Royal College of Art


Bachelor, University of the Arts London


PhD, King's College London

2020 → …

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
  • HT Communities. Classes. Races
  • HM Sociology


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