Bristol Photography Research Group Instagram Page

27 February 2018

The Bristol Photography Research Group have set up a new multi-disciplinary Instagram account, highlighting the role of photography in a contemporary society, culture, visual arts, and across all academic subject areas.

The @UWEPhotographyresearch account is different to usual Instagram takeovers, which are largely about showcasing final work from completed projects. Our space is more a platform for scholars and practitioners to test ideas, engage in photographic play, explore ways of approaching work, and discuss themes that the images relate to. The takeovers are 7 days, with a minimum of 7 images plus text. 

uwe group slide

*Already signed up to take part in the takeovers are a; linguists, sociologists, traditional photographic printer, mental health practitioner, print maker, curator, forensic scientist, radiologist, social change participatory organisation, filmmaker, art therapist, and many more. 

*To date we have people signed up to October 2018, and names are only released on the day of the takeover for the added element of surprise.

People involved include UWE teaching staff, technicians and research fellows across the university, Research Group members, PhD, MA and former students, also external practitioners and organisations that the research group is interested to build future collaborative partnerships and relationships with.

As a multi-disciplinary site we encourage that the people taking part also find it useful for their own subject areas, for example, testing ideas for their projects, or finding ways to articulate their ideas in the accompanying writing.  (In planning their week takeover, people have already said it has been useful for them, in bringing together images for this platform, and talking about it in ways they have not done before). 

We also encourage people add their own hashtags to their posts, so their communities of interest find it online and join in the conversation, and identify future possible collaborators.

Material from the takeovers will also be published in pdf format and feature on the website. (feature coming soon)

The Instagram account is administrated by Dr Shawn Sobers, conveyor of the research group.  If you would like to get involved please contact him at shawn.sobers @