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Does Photography Need Theory? A Discussion

This one-day symposium saw artists, photographers, academics and philosophers come together to discuss the long standing and complex relationship between between theory and practice.

Chaired by Lucy Soutter & Nina Mangalanayagam, the symposium encouraged an open and engaging conversation between the speakers and the audience, artists and theorists, and anyone who is thinking about the value and relevance of theory to practice.


Daniel Blight
Writer, co-editor of Loose Associations, visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art and lecturer at the University of Brighton.

Chris Kul-Want
Course leader for MRes: Art and Pathway Leader for Theory and Philosophy at Central Saint Martins.

Nina Mangalanayagam
Photographer and visual artist.

Lucy Soutter
Writer and art historian, course leader of MA Photography Arts at the University of Westminster.

Sarah Pickering
Visual artist, teaching fellow at the Slade School of Fine Art.

Duncan Wooldridge
Artist, writer and curator. Course Director for BA (Hons) Photography at Camberwell College of Art.