The Shpilman Institute for Photography announces the recipients of its inaugural Grants Program

The Shpilman Institute for Photography announces the recipients of its inaugural Grants Program

Shpilman Institute for Photography

May 12, 2011
The Shpilman Institute for Photography announces the recipients of its inaugural Grants Program

The Shpilman Institute for Photography (The SIP) is pleased to announce the recipients of its inaugural Grants Program for research in philosophy and photography and for general research on photography, which advances understanding of photography’s practices, theories, and history.


With approximately 500 applications by scholars and researchers from 47 countries, grants have been awarded to:


Philosophy and Photography:
Paula Amad, University of Iowa. “The Earth’s ‘Lost Archives’: Rethinking Memory Through Aerial Photography,” 15,000 USD.
Ignaz Cassar, University of Leeds, UK. “The Imaginary of the Darkroom: Interiority and the Aesthetics of the Secret,” 5,000 USD.
Diarmuid Costello, University of Warwick, UK. “On Photography,” 15,000 USD.
Noam Gal, Yale University,”Photography and the Human Animal/Divide: The Case of the Second World War,” 10,000 USD.
Nicholas Mirzoeff, New York University. “The Photographic Common and Authoritarian Realism: A Genealogy of the 2011 Revolutions,” 5,000 USD.
Toni Ross, University of New South Wales, Paddington, Australia. “Suspending the Realism/Anti-Realism Dichotomy: Jacques Rancière’s Aesthetic Theory and Thomas Demand’s Practice of Photography,” 10,000 USD.

General Research on Photography:
Kathryn Jane Brown, University of Tilburg, The Netherlands. “Photography, Poetry, and Sculpture: ‘La Mort et les statues’ by Pierre Jahan and Jean Cocteau,” 5,000 USD.
Kate Elizabeth Creasey, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey. “A Sultan’s Albums, A Nation’s Past: The Photographic Albums of Sultan Abdülhamid II and the Re-imagination of Ottoman History in Contemporary Turkey,” 5,000 USD.
Congyao Han, Nanjing University, China; Yongming Zhu, Suzhou University of Science and Technology, China; Fen Ji, writer and photographer, Nanjing, China; and Hui Guo, independent scholar, Nanjing, China. “Unbound Vision: Early Chinese Ideas on Photography,” 10,000 USD.
Steven Hoelscher, University of Texas, Austin, and Susan Meiselas, photographer, New York. “The Magnum Collection: A Visual Archive of the Modern World,” 5,000 USD.
Amos Morris-Reich, University of Haifa, Israel. “Photography and ‘Jewish Difference’: An Epistemic History of Racial Photography as Scientific Evidence in the German Context,” 5,000 USD.
Krzysztof Pijarski, University of Warsaw, Poland. “‘JL” – The Performativity of the Archive, or, Rethinking the Body and the Archive,” 5,000 USD.
Nathaniel M. Stein, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. “Authorities of Presence: Robert Gill, Survey Photography, and the Colonial Sublime,” 5,000 USD.
Helmut Voelter, independent scholar, Leipzig, Germany. “Masanao Abe’s Cloud Photographs,” 10,000 USD.
Jeffrey Yoo Warren, Shannon Dosemagen, Mathew Lippincott, The Public Laboratory for Open Technology & Science, Cambridge, Massachusetts. “Activist Uses of Emergent Hacker Technologies for Environmental Justice: Investigating Communities of Practice,” 10,000 USD.

The one-year grants will culminate in a presentation of talks and panels at The SIP Global Photography Conference to be held in Summer 2012 and the publication of The SIP Annual, coinciding with the conference.


This year’s Grants Panel in philosophy and photography included:


Louis Kaplan (panel chair), University of Toronto; Eduardo Cadava, Princeton University; Margaret Iversen, University of Essex; Hagi Ke’naan, Tel Aviv University; John Tagg, Binghamton University; Hilde Van Gelder, Katholieke University Leuven.


For general research, the Grants Panel included: Steven Henry Madoff (panel chair), Yale University School of Art; George Baker, University of California, Los Angeles; Ute Eskildsen, Museum Folkwang, Essen; Marta Gili, Jeu de Paume, Paris; Douglas Nickel, Brown University; David A. Ross, School of Visual Arts, New York; and Urs Stahel, Fotomuseum Winterthur.


For more information:


The Shpilman Institute for Photography
[email protected]


The Shpilman Institute for Photography (The SIP), founded by scholar and philanthropist Shalom Shpilman in 2010, is a research institute that initiates research, opens debate, and supports creative work in the field of photography. Through its grant programs, The SIP commissions and sponsors individual and group research projects, with an emphasis on philosophical concerns, including scholarly papers and publications in print and online, conferences, symposia, and other events. Our mission is to advance the understanding of the world of photography and to understand the world through photography, both within and beyond traditional social and cultural boundaries.


Please visit The SIP’s website to find out more about our diverse programs.


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