De Montfort University PhD Scholarship History of Photography Photographic History Research Centre

School of Humanities, Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities De Montfort University, Leicester


A PhD research scholarship including stipend and tuition fee costs is offered within the Photographic History Research Centre in the School of Humanities. It is available to UK or EU students who are suitably qualified and have outstanding potential as a researcher.

Applications are invited for projects that address any aspect of photographic industry and business in the nineteenth and/or twentieth centuries, a field which has received limited attention in history of photography. Projects might examine, for instance, the practices of a specific studio or business, labour in the photographic industry, a specific community or location, marketing methods, commercially orientated photographic practices, or aspects of industrial research and development. The project will contribute to PHRC’s world-leading research focus on the methods for expanded histories of photography and the social, cultural and economic practices of photography.

We seek applicants with a strong academic background in subjects such as history, art history, science and technology studies, business history or visual culture studies.

For a more detailed description of the scholarship and the subject area at DMU please visit or contact Professor Elizabeth Edwards on email

In offering this scholarship the University aims to further develop its proven research strengths in Photographic History. It is an excellent opportunity for a candidate of exceptional promise to contribute to a stimulating, world-class research environment.

Applications are invited from UK or EU students with a Master’s degree or good first degree (First, 2:1 or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Doctoral scholarships are available for up to three years full-time study starting October 2015 and provide a bursary of ca. £14,057 pa in addition to University tuition fees.

To receive an application pack, please contact Morgan Erdlenbruch via email at Completed applications should be returned together with two supporting references.

Please quote ref: DMU Research Scholarships 2015: ADH FB2.

CLOSING DATE: Monday, 30th March, 2015

Interviews will take place in the week commencing 20 April 2015.


The Five Photographs that (You Didn’t Know) Changed Everything

BBC Radio 3, The Essay, February 16-20 at 22.45

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Photographic history… on the radio?

The upcoming series of Essays on Radio 3, brainchild of Elizabeth Edwards, Director of the PHRC, and produced by Rosie Dawson, takes a different photographic history on air. Each of the Essays takes up the challenge of showing just how integral photographs have been and continue to be to our legal systems, to our concept of history and nationality, to how we do medicine, how we travel, and to the notion of our own origins. Surely it is about time, too. Innumerable exhibitions, discussions, articles and news stories exist about iconic photojournalism. And yet, the real strength of photography lies not in its few iconic moments, but in how it changes our lives every day – how it forms disciplines, who gives and who receives it/them, how we use it to construct our identities or the identities of others, in short, what photographs do.

Our series was guided by the belief that so much of our daily lives are connected to, and affected by, photography and the photographic industries it generates, that everyone should be able to think about photography, and for that matter film, critically. Likewise many of our disciplines and institutions are propped up by photographic images of one sort or another. With archival and collection closures in the air, we should care deeply about what happens to historic photographs, especially those that are not protected by virtue of being ‘iconic’ or worth something to the market. Our Radio 3 Essay series will, we hope, be part of that awareness.

The series will be available on BBC Radio 3 iPlayer after transmission.

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