research seminar: history of photography

Approaches to the Urban Landscape

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Fault Lines Book, George GeorgiouMersin, Fault Lines/Turkey/East/
George Georgiou

Speaker(s): George Georgiou (Photographer)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Julian Stallabrass and Pei-Kuei Tsai

Photographer George Georgiou was born in London to Greek-Cypriot parents and graduated in photography from the Polytechnic of Central London. At this seminar, Georgiou will speak about his two series of street photographs, titled Fault Lines/Turkey/East/West and Invisible: London, the former taken across Turkey, the latter in London.

‘I will be talking about two different photographic approaches addressing the urban landscape and community and how we negotiate public space. In Turkey my interest was in the accelerated modernisation of the country, using landscape and colour to drive the narrative and questioning notions of East and West. With London, Invisible, I use the bus as my window on the street, exploring the increasing diversity of a major Western metropolis as the movement of people continues to change both the urban landscape and the community within it. A community of invisibility and but also voyeurism. Not only is the passer-by invisible, but I, as the photographer becomes a voyeur, become invisible to the outside, like the CCTV cameras in London that follow our every moves’. George Georgiou

The History of Photography research seminar series aims to be a discursive platform for the discussion and dissemination of current research on photography. From art as photography and early photographic technology to ethnographic photographs and contemporary photography as art, the seminar welcomes contributions from researchers across the board, whether independent or affiliated with museums, galleries, archives, libraries or higher education, and endeavours to provide scholars with a challenging opportunity to present work in progress and test out new ideas.

The seminars usually take place once a term, on Wednesday evenings at 5.30pm in the Research Forum, unless otherwise stated. The papers are followed by an informal discussion and a reception.

Organised by Julian Stallabrass ( and Pei-Kuei Tsai

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