Ethics and Aesthetics of Epidemiological Photography

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Despite recent developments in the historical and anthropological study of medical photography, the photographic depiction of epidemics remains a largely unexplored area in the humanities and the social sciences.

This one day conference seeks to bring photographers with experience in covering infectious disease outbreaks together with medical historians, anthropologists and public health experts in order to engage in a dialogue regarding the past, present and future of epidemiological photography.

The conference will examine the following topics:

The birth of epidemiological photography at the turn of the 20th century and the changes it brought about in the depiction and public perception of epidemics.
The historical development of the genre over the last century and its interaction with other photographic genres (e.g. war photography).
Photo-journalism, epidemic crisis and the formation of public opinion.
Representing disease and death in postcolonial contexts.
New photographic technologies (such as mobile phone cameras), new social media, and grassroots photographic representation of outbreaks.
Period14 Sept 2013
Event typeConference
LocationCambridge, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational