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Dr Luke Gartlan

Senior Lecturer

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Luke joined the School of Art History in 2007. He is the editor of the peer-reviewed international quarterly History of Photography, and co-editor, with Ali Behdad, of Photography’s Orientalism: New Essays on Colonial Representation (Getty Research Institute 2013). His research concerns photography and cultural exchange in the nineteenth century, especially with reference to the camera’s role in colonial-era visual culture, histories of travel and exploration, and non-Western responses to photography. He is also engaged in research on Japanese modern visual culture and Japanese-European artistic interactions in the nineteenth century, as well as the visual cultures of the Habsburg Empire. With the support of an AHRC Early Career Fellowship, he is currently completing a monograph provisionally entitled A Career of Japan: Baron Raimund von Stillfried and the Business of Yokohama Photography.

Luke received his PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2004. He subsequently taught at the University of Sydney and held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Vienna and Nihon University, Tokyo. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University in 2010, during which he co-organised an international two-day conference on studio photography in Asia. Luke has also been invited to speak at numerous international research centres, including Nagasaki University, the Getty Research Institute, the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, the Courtauld Institute of Art, the Power Institute at the University of Sydney, the Australian National University, and the Freer|Sackler Galleries in Washington, DC.

Luke currently offers modules on ‘Orientalism and Visual Culture’ (AH4148), ‘Histories of Photography, 1835-1905’ (AH4166), ‘Imperial Lens: Readings in Nineteenth-Century Asian Photography’ (AH5141), and ‘Issues in Photographic Criticism’ (AH5146).

Luke welcomes potential students interested in pursuing postgraduate research related to his fields of expertise to contact him directly by email or phone.

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