documentary still photography
authorship and objectivity
Areas of expertise
My main medium of personal research and practice is documentary still photography.
As a researcher and photographer, I am particularly interested in the way the still image made by mechanical means may provide a vehicle for reflection on, and understanding of, our relation with the material world, and how pictures convey feelings and ideas. This embraces the social and political meaning of images, the relationship between authorship and objectivity, and issues in documentary process and practice.
My recent documentary and research work has been concentrated in South Africa, and has connections with the wider field of colonial and post-colonial studies.
I am also interested in, and developing new work on, the relationship between culture and place, and the way places are shaped and managed by the intervention of human presence.