Annual Conference 2021

Photography and Its Many Colours

Innovations, Emotions and Activism

Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

In 2021 the PHRC conference will be hosted online due to the effect of Covid-19


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When: 14-15 June 2021

Where: ONLINE via Microsoft Teams (De Montfort University, Leicester UK)

Conference Programme – all times BST (once clicked, the file downloads onto your computer automatically)

Paper abstracts and speaker biographical notes will be made available during the event

PHRC21 Programme, Biographies and Abstracts

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Confirmed keynote speakers:


Kim Timby, École du Louvre

Emily Mark-Fitzgerald, University College Dublin

Christina Riggs, Durham University

Recent scholarship surrounding the development, use, and reuse of colour photography has highlighted the need for more research and debate about photographic colour, in terms of histories, technologies and the emotions they have affected. Long told as merely a triumphalist history of technological achievement, colour photography is steeped as well in controversy, in the re-telling of history, in activism, in politics of individuals, communities and countries. Colour photography, while a boon to some, has been developed and deployed at the expense of others. As well as seeking to delve to broader issues and concerns, Photography and Its Many Colours wishes to create a platform for the voices of such individuals and communities to be heard.

The 9th annual conference organized by the Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University in Leicester (UK) will thus address contemporary debates in and around colour photography through discussion of themes such as:

  • Historical and contemporary uses of colourisation
  • Emotional and affective responses to colour photography
  • Industrial histories
  • Activist and political uses of colour in photography
  • Colour photography in race and identity politics

Registration for online participation and attendance costs £20 and you can secure your place by purchasing a ticket via THIS LINK.