PhD Researcher Presents Work at Yale

March 4, 2014

Stephen Todd, MPhil/PhD Candidate with the European Centre for Photographic Research (eCPR) in the Faculty of Creative Industries, will present his research on the collection of National Museum Wales at the symposium Wales/Iâl/Yale at Yale University in April. The event is being held in conjunction with the Yale Center for British Art and extends eCPR’s work with National Collections in Wales within a growing international network.

John Dillwyn Llewelyn, Thereza with Telescope at Caswell Bay, glass negative, c 1853
Courtesy of National Museum Wales

Stephen will present his work on the role of Photography as Evidence, and its role in forming cultural identities and ideas within the collection of AC-NMW at a the Wales/Iâl/Yale graduate student symposium.

The Conference is in conjunction with the Yale Center for British Art, with two exhibitions that feature Welsh artists and depictions of Wales: “Richard Wilson and the Transformation of European Landscape Painting,” and “Art in Focus: Wales,” presenting depictions of Welsh landscape in the Center’s collection.

The symposium will bring together a variety of scholars from different disciplines to discuss visual art in Wales, including Peter Lord, Research Fellow at the Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales (CREW), Swansea University, as the Keynote speaker.

Stephen will present on the photographic intention in Wales and the Museum structures, guided by the role of photography as evidence, and the reception of the two photographic surveys of Glamorganshire in 1890 and Wales in 1912. By piecing together the cultural biographies of those and other photographic collections, he will discuss the wider cultural ambivalence towards photography until it is mobilized for other departments, such as scientific evidence or remnants of social history, which results in a splintered narrative for photography in the wider cultural landscape.

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