Conference: Photography and Britishness
November 4–5, 2016

Martin Parr, New Brighton, England, From "The Last Resort," 1983-85 © Martin Parr, Magnum Photos, Janet Borden

Keynote Address by Martin Parr

Friday, November 4, 5:30 pm


Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut

This conference seeks to investigate the various ways in which ideas about Britain have been communicated, inflected, and contested through the photographic image. How has photography been used at “home” and “abroad” to create a variety of images of Britain and Britishness, defined as much from the outside as the inside? How do photographs mirror, reinforce, or interrupt what constitutes “Britishness,” in national, local, imperial, colonial, and postcolonial contexts? What national and regional cultures and conflicts do the construction of British identity subsume? Can “Britishness,” indeed, have a photographic referent or is it itself an effect of representation?

This conference is a collaboration between the Yale Center for British Art; the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London; and The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.