Annebella Pollen's research acknowledged as filling a gap in academic study.
17 Jan 2013
Dr Pollen was interviewed by the article’s author, Guy Atkins who describes the experience of coming across an article by her in the journal of Photography and Culture (2009) as “a relief", as her work addresses a significant absence in academic research in the area of postcard communication. Dr Pollen's research redressed this gap as part of the Brighton Museum and Gallery’s Rules of Attraction project in which she was asked to find stories of courtship hidden in the museum's collections, and turned to the 10,000 postcards held in store.
Atkins has a long held fascination with messages on Edwardian postcards and describes Dr Pollen’s research “as patient and dispassionate as you would expect a piece of academic research to be", but also notes that it is underpinned by skilful interpretation and a great appreciation for postcards, informed by her status as a collector.
Dr Pollen has taught at the University of Brighton since 2005. In 2010 Dr Pollen completed her AHRC-funded PhD thesis, 'Identity, Memory, Compassion and Competition: Mass-Participation Photography and Everyday Life', based at the Photography and the Archive Research Centre, London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London.
This research developed innovative new methodologies for the interpretation of amateur photographs using a vast collection of prints held at the Mass Observation Archive, University of Sussex, as a central case study. This work has been disseminated through national and international conference papers, public talks and numerous publications.