Politics-Power-Pictures Reading Group

We are an interdisciplinary reading group interested in the politics of images and the power relations which permeate them.

Based at the Centre for Critical Materialist Studies in the School of Fine Art, History of Art Cultural Studies, University of Leeds, the reading group has been organised in collaboration with the University’s School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and the History of Art Department at the University of York.

Our goal is to provoke theoretical interventions and practicable analyses of pictures, images, and visuals as they relate to politics and the political. We read and discuss seminal theoretical texts, as well as presenting our own images from art, cinema, or further afield.

For this week’s session of the reading group we will be discussing Susie Linfield’s article on the uses and misuses of photojournalism.

A link to the text and further information can be found on the Politics Power Pictures website here.
The reading group is aimed at MA and PhD students who are interested in interdisciplinary debates across political, critical and aesthetic theory. For further information, please email politicspowerpictures@gmail.com
Image credit: Detail from Matthieu Laurette, Mobile Information Stand For Moneyback Products (1999). Photo: Kristof Vrancken / Z33