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Professor Michelle Henning

Chair in Photography and Media Communication and Media


Personal Statement

I joined Liverpool as Chair in Photography in Media, in the Communications and Media Department, in September 2019. Previously, I was Professor in Photography and Cultural History at the University of West London, and before that I taught media and cultural studies at Brighton University and the University of the West of England in Bristol. I have also worked as an art director, artist and designer. I completed a BA in Fine Art and Art History at Goldsmiths, London, an MA in Social History of Art at the University of Leeds and a PhD by published works at Brighton.

Since 1994, I have published research on photography, digital media, exhibitions and museums in edited collections and journals, authoring three books: Museums Media and Cultural Theory (Maidenhead: Open University Press 2006), Photography: The Unfettered Image (London: Routledge 2018) and the edited collection Museum Media (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell 2015, forthcoming in paperback). My research has been funded by the AHRC and the British Academy, and I sit on the editorial board of photographies journal, and am an editor of the Routledge series Directions in Cultural History. My design work includes the record covers of the PJ Harvey albums Let England Shake (2011) and The Hope Six Demolition Project (2016).

Funded Fellowships

  • Leadership Fellow (Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), 2018 - 2019)