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Research interests

Darren Newbury’s principal research interests lie in the relationship between photography, history, politics and cultural memory, with a particular concentration on Africa, and South Africa specifically. Significant publications include: Defiant Images: Photography and Apartheid South Africa (2009), a major monograph on photography during the apartheid period and its place in post-apartheid memorialisation; People Apart: 1950s Cape Town Revisited (2013), a photobook based on the recently rediscovered collection of photographer Bryan Heseltine; and The African Photographic Archive: Research and Curatorial Strategies (2015), co-edited with Christopher Morton, a volume exploring new methodological approaches to researching and curating the photographic archive, in addition to its specifically African concerns. He has also recently co-edited a Special Issue of Visual Studies on ‘Photography and African Futures’ (2018) with Richard Vokes, which through a series of case studies examines how and why, from early colonial times onwards, states, institutions, political parties, civil society organizations and individual citizens used photography as a means for representing various kinds of imagined futures. In addition to academic publications, he has curated exhibitions at the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford (2011-12) and District Six Museum, Cape Town (2013-14), based on his photographic research.

He has also researched and published on the history of British documentary photography, photographic education and community photography practices. He has a long-standing interest in visual research methods and was editor of the international journal Visual Studies from 2003 to 2015.

Current projects include an edited volume on Women and Photography in Africa, with Lorena Rizzo and Kylie Thomas; and a major study of the role of photography in US public diplomacy in Africa during the period of the Cold War and African decolonisation.

Supervisory Interests

Professor Newbury is interested in supervising PhD projects related to his main areas of interest in photography, history, politics and memory, especially but not exclusively those with a focus on Africa. He also welcomes enquiries from applicants interested in researching any aspect of the history or practice of documentary and community photography and photographic education in Britain and elsewhere, and is open to proposals that encompass a range of historical, archival, theoretical and practice-led approaches to photography and visual culture.

He has supervised 20 PhD students to completion across photography history, theory and practice, as well as projects related to art education, public art and visual culture, and several Collaborative Doctoral Awards, including with Birmingham City Council, Belfast Exposed gallery and the Imperial War Museum. He has examined 30 PhDs, including at University of the Arts London, University of Cape Town, Edith Cowan University, Goldsmiths College, University of Greenwich, Tshwane University of Technology and University of the Western Cape.

Scholarly biography

Darren Newbury joined the University of Brighton in 2013 as Professor of Photographic History and Director of Postgraduate Studies. He initially studied photography and cultural studies at undergraduate and postgraduate level, before completing his PhD on photography and education in 1995, supported in part by the Arts Council of Great Britain. He was previously Reader and then Professor of Photography at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design.

In addition to his photographic research, he has a long-standing engagement in the development of postgraduate research education and training, particularly in the arts and humanities. He has led projects on research training for art and design, including research ethics; and in the 2000s was a member of several Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) panels and committees for postgraduate research. In his Director of Postgraduate role at Brighton he led the University’s engagement in the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (techne) from 2013 to 2018.

In 2018 he was appointed to the REF 2021 Unit of Assessment for Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory (D32).

External positions

REF 2021 Panel Member, Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory (D32)

1 Jan 201931 Dec 2021

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Projects 2018 2019

BA Visiting Fellowship - Kylie Thomas

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Project: Grant

Research Output 2009 2018

Photography and African Futures

Vokes, R. (ed.) & Newbury, D. (ed.), 15 Feb 2018, In : Visual Studies. 33, 1, p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Photography
Africa

‘Window on the West Indies’: The photographic imagination of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel

Newbury, D., 15 Feb 2018, In : Visual Studies. 33, 1, p. 41-56 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Gospel
West Indies
South Africa
Intentions
World View

A photographer’s story: methodological reflections

Newbury, D., 16 Jun 2017, Stuttgart, Germany : Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart.

Research output: Other contributionResearch

Open Access
File
photographer

Going and coming back: curating the post-apartheid archive

Newbury, D., 23 Apr 2015, The African photographic archive: research and curatorial strategies. Morton, C. & Newbury, D. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury, p. 157-175 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearch

Curating
1950s
Township
Historical Research
Africa

Relocating the Heseltine photographic collection at District Six Museum

Newbury, D., 27 Apr 2015, In : African Arts. 48, 2, p. 64-77 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
South Africa
Imagining
Cape Town
Sixties
Ambition

Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library

Darren Newbury (Visiting researcher)
Oct 2017

Activity: Visiting positionVisiting an external academic institution