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Aesthetics After Photography - Workshop Speakers

Photography as a Medium (post-digitalisation)


Jonathan Friday Professor in the History and Philosophy of Art, University of Kent (UK)

Jonathan Friday is the Head of the School of Drama, Film and Visual Art at the University of Kent. He writes primarily about issues in the aesthetics of photography and the history of aesthetics. He has a growing interest in the history of photography, particularly in pictorialism and abstract photography, and in the aesthetic qualities of photographs produced for instrumental reasons. He also collects photographs.

Robert Hopkins Professor of Philosophy, University of Sheffield (UK)

Robert Hopkins's research interests lie in various topics in aesthetics, epistemology and the philosophy of mind. He has published on pictorial representation, the senses, epistemology and objectivity of aesthetic judgement and the aesthetics of the visual arts. He is currently working on the imagination, and in particular its relations to perception and feeling, and its role in epistemic memory.

Patrick Maynard Professor (full) emeritus, University of Western Ontario (Canada)

Patrick Maynard is the author of the first philosophy book on photography and the only philosophy book on drawing. He is a visual artist, photographer, writer and lecturer.

Aaron Meskin Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Leeds (UK)

Aaron Meskin's current research focuses on the imagination, artistic style, aesthetics of comics and the ontology of the multiple arts. He is aesthetics editor for Philosophy Compass, and he serves on the Executive Committee of the British Society for Aesthetics as well as the Board of Trustees of the American Society for Aesthetics.

Peter Osborne Professor of Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University (UK)

Peter Osborne is Director of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, and an editor of the journal Radical Philosophy. His writing on contemporary art includes essays on Victor Burgin, Elmgreen & Dragset, Tracey Emin, the Chapman Brothers, Gerhard Richter and Robert Smithson.

Barbara E. Savedoff Associate Professor of Philosophy, Baruch College, City University of New York (USA)

Barbara E. Savedoff writes on the philosophy of the visual arts, primarily on photography and its relation to other arts. She is author of Transforming Images: How Photography Complicates the Picture. She is also a painter.


David Campany Reader in Photography, University of Westminster (UK)

David Campany's books include Art and Photography, The Cinematic and Photography and Cinema. His own photography has been exhibited at the ICA in London. He is a co-founder of PA (Photographic Arts) Magazine. He has just curated a show of Hannah Collin's photographs and films for LaCaixa, Barcelona and Madrid.

Silke Helmerdig Professor for Photography, Department of Communication Design, Braunschweig University of Art (Germany)

Silke Helmerdig studied Photography in Dortmund (Germany) and London. Her research focuses are on the influence of material on the meaning of the photographic image and on collective memory and photographic images in postwar Germany. Her research is practice based and theoretical. She has an extensive international record of exhibitions. In 2006 she published a book about the changes in the aesthetics of photography through the influence of digital imaging.

Maarten Vanvolsem Sint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art and Design (Belgium)

Martin Vanvolsem is a member of the national board of the Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for Photography and Head of the MA-programme in Photography at Sint-Lukas Brussels University College. He recently published a book MOVE:IN:TIME in collaboration with the Concertgebouw Brugge, on the occasion of the International Dance Festival December Dance. In the last 5 years he has had several solo- and group-exhibitions in Belgium and abroad.

Jörg Sasse (Germany)

An artist, born 1962, Sasse currently lives in Berlin and Düsseldorf. He has been involved with photography since 1970 ( and with computers since 1975. Sasse studied art at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.

Workshop Organisers


Diarmuid Costello Philosophy, Warwick

Dawn Phillips Philosophy, Warwick




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The British Society for Aesthetics