Arctic Photography, Film Exploration and the Archive

This interdisciplinary conference examines the role of photography and film narratives in shaping cultural perceptions of the Arctic, Antarctic and the history of polar exploration.

Museum collections and archives store photographs and films that were produced using a diverse range of technologies and techniques from scientific experiments with telephoto lenses, flashlight photography, chrono-photography, photomicrography, early colour processes (Autochromes, Paget Plates) remain among the time-lapse and animated studies of wildlife and inhospitable polar climates that were made contemporary to the emergence of cinema. The conference brings together scholars, curators and artists whose work examines the histories, theories, and memory photography and film which intersect with narratives of exploration: its politics, ideologies (gender, class, imperialism) their subversion and subtexts through to its use in educational and entertainment forms both past and present

Speakers include Bryony Dixon (BFI), Professor Ian Christie (Birkbeck), Professor Gregory Waller (Indiana University) Curators from the Maritime Museum, Mawson Centre Adelaide and the Fram Museum alongside artists from the Australian and New Zealand  Antarctic Artists in Residence programmes and more.

How to register

The conference will be held on Zoom.

Book your free place.

More information

Further details, including the conference programme.

Organised by the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and the University of Leeds.

For more information, please contact Dr Liz Watkins, Visiting Research Fellow, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds


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