4th International Conference of Photography & Theory (ICPT2016) PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE EVERYDAY

Organization: International Association of Photography and Theory

Venue: Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre [NiMac]

Location: Nicosia, Cyprus

Event Date/Time: Dec 02, 2016 End Date/Time: Dec 04, 2016
Registration Date: Oct 15, 2016
Early Registration Date: Sep 15, 2016
Abstract Submission Date: Jun 01, 2016
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4th International Conference of Photography and Theory: Photography and the Everyday

December 2-4, 2016

at the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre,

Associated with the Pierides Foundation [NiMAC]

Nicosia, Cyprus

International Association of Photography & Theory (IAPT)


Keynote Speakers:

Martha Langford

John Stezaker

Research in historical, artistic and vernacular photography has been rapidly expanding in the past few years. Responding to this trend, the International Conference of Photography and Theory (ICPT) was created with the aim to provide an outlet for an interdisciplinary and critical theoretical exploration of photography and photographic practices. The 4th International Conference of Photography and Theory (ICPT2016) aims once again at bringing together researchers and practitioners from diverse fields of study, who share a common interest in photography.

This year’s topic, ‘Photography and the Everyday’ investigates the current meanings, distribution, materiality, impact, and affect of vernacular photography (or else everyday photography) in relation to our economy of images. Furthermore, it aims to examine the ways vernacular photography influences, shapes and challenges memory, individual and collective identities, historical and other narratives, the social fabric, issues of authorship and authenticity, privacy and public life.

With the advent of the digital era, an unprecedented volume of photographs are being produced, shared and distributed, perhaps signalling a shift in our engagement with vernacular photography. Smartphones, tablets, social media and photo-sharing applications seem to have altered our economy of images, making everyday photography more immediate, accessible, shareable and visible than ever. The ease of taking vernacular photographs has resulted in fleeting, temporal, and what they are often described as ‘superficial’ images. However, the growing and overpowering number, the viral nature, and often personal – yet universally - understood content of such images cannot be easily dismissed. More so, online photographic collections have established a diverse and flexible channel for exchange of both images and discourse around everyday photography, whilst producers and consumers of photographic images have assumed curatorial roles over these collections.

We invite proposals for 30-minute presentations (20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes for discussion) from various disciplines, such as: photography, art history and theory, visual sociology, anthropology, museology, philosophy, ethnography, cultural studies, visual and media studies, communications, and fine and graphic arts.

Submitted proposals for presentations should address, but are not limited to one or more of the following:

Vernacular, Snapshot and Everyday Photography

  • The nature of everyday photography: producing, collecting, displaying, categorizing and distributing the everyday image
  • The ephemeral nature of everyday photography
  •  Found vernacular photography: issues of privacy and ownership
  • The Digital Archive: a new materiality
  •  Personal photo album vs a shared public database
  • Redefining the family album
  • The digital rebirth of the surveillance society

Traces of Memory & Identity

  • Everyday image: memory, place and everyday life
  • The indexical nature of everyday digital photography
  • Digital memory: a fluid strand of memory
  • Sharing photographs online: constructing family and private life
  • Empowering through vernacular photography
  • Producing and consuming photographic images

The Effect of Photo-Sharing Applications & Social Networks

  • From Polaroid to Instagram
  • The Selfie phenomenon
  • Digital Photographic collections and communities: formulating, participating and social tagging
  • Collaborative photographic practices and experiences
  • Everyday photographic production and photo-sharing as a social process
  • Photo Diary/Weblog/Photostreams as narratives
  • Politics, revolutions and propaganda of photo-sharing

Art and Everyday Photography

  • The everyday/snapshot aesthetic in art photography
  • Artists’ use of everyday photography – found or (re)created
  • Issues of appropriation and assimilation
  • The personal and collective in everyday photography
  • Curating the vernacular
  • Simulating and performing the vernacular

To propose a paper, please send a 400-word (excluding references) abstract no later than June 1, 2016 to icpt@photographyandtheory.com. For the purposes of blind refereeing, full name of each author with current affiliation and full contact details (address, email, phone number), title of presentation, and a short biographical note (200 words) should be supplied on a separate document. Both documents (abstract and contact details) should be in English.

Important Dates:

- Deadline for submission: June 1, 2016

- Notification of authors: July 15, 2016

- Deadline for early registration: September 15, 2016

- Deadline for late registration: October 15 2016

- Conference: December 2-4, 2016


Submitted proposals will go through a blind peer-reviewing and authors will be notified of the acceptance of their proposals by July 15, 2016

For more information and conference updates, please visit the website of the International Association of Photography and Theory: www.photographyandtheory.com

Questions may be send to: icpt@photographyandtheory.com


Members of the Organizing Committee (ICPT2016)

Nicolas Lambouris, Chair, Frederick University, Cyprus

Dr Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Co-chair, Cyprus University of Technology

Dr Yiannis Toumazis, Frederick University Cyprus, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre and Pierides Foundation, Cyprus

Dr Elena Stylianou, European University Cyprus

Nicos Philippou, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

Nicholas Constantinou, Association of Teachers of Photography in Secondary Education, Cyprus

Dr Evi Tselika, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

Artemis Eleftheriadou, Frederick University Cyprus

Despo Pasia, University College London, UK


Members of the Scientific Committee (ICPT2016)

Prof. Liz Wells, University of Plymouth, UK

Prof. Martha Langford, Concordia University, Canada

Prof. Merja Salo, Aalto University, Finland

Dr Elena Stylianou, European University Cyprus, Cyprus

Dr Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Cyprus University of Technology

Dr. Annebella Pollen, University of Brighton

Clare Grafik, The Photographer’s Gallery, UK

Dr Evi Tselika, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

Nicolas Lambouris, Frederick University, Cyprus

Artemis Eleftheriadou, Frederick University, Cyprus


19, Palias Ilektrikis


International Association of Photography and Theory
P.O. Box 20501

Conference Speakers

Martha Langford

John Stezaker