Staff and Visiting Researchers 2010-2011

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Professor of Photographic History and PHRC Head Recruitment in process


Dr Kelley Wilder is a photographic historian and photographer who trained at the Paul Strand Archive (Millerton, NY), the George Eastman House (Rochester,NY), Oxford University and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin). She has worked as an archivist, curator, and publishes regularly on topics as diverse as William Henry Fox Talbot, Henri Becquerel, itinerate daguerreotypists in Germany and science and photography. She contributed to three of DMU’s digital photographic resources: The Correspondence of William Henry Fox Talbot, Roger Fenton’s Letters from the Crimea, and Photographic Exhibitions in Britain 1839-1865.

Professor Roger Taylor is Professor Emeritus of Photographic History. As a subject specialist in mid-19th century photography, he has authored books on George Washington Wilson, Lewis Carroll, Roger Fenton, and most recently the history of the British Calotype. For further details of this research see research/aad/researchstaff-profiles/rogertaylor.jsp. Having been in photography and photographic education for over 50 years, he also has a keen interest in contemporary practice and has written on the works of Fay Godwin and Paul Hill.

Professor Stephen Brown is Director of Knowledge Media Design research with a particualr interest in the application of digital media to photographic history. His career includes course design, research and tutoring for the Open University; Head of Distance Learning at BT; Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Engineering Design; Director of the International Institute for Electronic Library Research, De Montfort University; Senior Technology Adviser to the JISC; and President of the Association for Learning Technology. He is responsible for the growing corpus of online digital historical resources at DMU.

Dr Michael Pritchard completed his doctoral thesis on the growth and development of the British photographic industry between 1839 and 1914 in 2010. He is currently a part-time lecturer on De Montfort's History of Photography and Practice MA and is also undertaking work at the British Library on the Kodak Historical Collection. From 1986 to 2007 he worked at Christie’s auction house as a photographic specialist and latterly as Director. He contributed to the Oxford Companion to the Photograph (OUP, 2005), and Phaidon Design Classics (Phaidon, 2006), acted as an advisor and contributor to the Encyclopedia of Nineteenth Century Photography (Routledge, 2008) and edited Photographica World between 1987-2001. He runs the British photographic history blog (

Doctoral Candidates

David Prakel (2010-2013)

Thesis Title: The Polaroid Experiment (short abstract forthcoming)

Visting Researchers

Rachel Bullough (September 2010-January 2011)

Rachel Bullough is currently working on her dissertation on Charles Clifford

Lago Casa de Campo - Charles Clifford.jpg


Dr Jane Fletcher is a photographic historian, writer and curator and leads the MA in the Still and Moving Image, Derby. She has held a number of research posts, most recently with Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) at London College of Communication. She began teaching in Higher Education in 1997, and was Curator of Photographs, Royal Photographic Society Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford from 2003 to 2008. Co-editor of I Spy: Representations of Childhood, she specialises in the history of British photography and has contributed to a number of exhibition catalogues and photographic encyclopaedias. She writes regularly for contemporary photographic journals. (Senior Research Fellow, August 2009-August 2010).