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Image of the cover of People Apart by Professor Darren Newbury

People apart

Exploring 1950s Cape Town through the photography of Bryan Heseltine

Image of the cover of Defiant Images by Darren Newbury

Defiant images

A historical study of photography in apartheid South Africa

Research activity

Repository holdings 

Number of items: 12.

Newbury, Darren (2015) ‘An invitation to visit Windermere’: moments of departure and return in the biography of the Bryan Heseltine collection In: Edwards, E. and Morton, C., eds. Photographs, museums, collections: between art and information. Bloomsbury, London, pp. 65-81. ISBN 9781472533661

Newbury, Darren (2015) Relocating the Heseltine photographic collection at District Six Museum African Arts, 48 (2). pp. 64-77. ISSN 0001-9933

Morton, Christopher and Newbury, Darren (2015) The African photographic archive: research and curatorial strategies [Edited Collections]

Newbury, Darren (2015) Going and coming back: curating the post-apartheid archive In: Morton, C. and Newbury, Darren, eds. The African photographic archive: research and curatorial strategies. Bloomsbury, London, pp. 157-175. ISBN 9781472591241

Newbury, Darren (2013) Going and Coming Back: Photographs of 1950s Cape Town by Bryan Heseltine [Exhibition]

Newbury, Darren (2013) People apart: 1950s Cape Town revisited [Edited Collections]

Newbury, Darren (2013) Sizwe Bansi and the strong room of dreams: photographic histories after apartheid In: Enwezor, O. and Bester, R., eds. Rise and fall of apartheid: photography and the bureaucracy of everyday life. Prestel, New York, pp. 226-233. ISBN 9783791352800

Coles, Peter, Knowles, Caroline and Newbury, Darren (2012) Seeing the Olympics: images, spaces, legacies [Edited Collections]

Newbury, Darren (2012) Picturing an "ordinary atrocity": the Sharpeville Massacre In: Batchen, G., Gidley, M., Miller, N. and Prosser, J., eds. Picturing atrocity: photography in crisis. Reaktion, London, pp. 209-223. ISBN 9781861898722

Newbury, Darren (2011) Biographical entries on Ernest Cole, Alfred Duggan-Cronin, David Goldblatt, Seydou Keïta, Peter Magubane, Malick Sidibé and Constance Stuart Larrabee. In: Dictionary of African biography. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Newbury, Darren (2011) Living historically through photographs in post-apartheid South Africa: reflections on Kliptown Museum, Soweto In: Lehrer, E., Milton, C. and Patterson, M., eds. Curating difficult knowledge: violent pasts in public places. Palgrave-Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 91-108. ISBN 9780230296725

Newbury, Darren (2009) Defiant images: photography and apartheid South Africa UNISA Press, Pretoria. ISBN 9781868885237

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Other research activities 


  • The African Photographic Archive: Research and Curatorial Strategies (edited with Christopher Morton). London: Bloomsbury, 2015.
  • People Apart: 1950s Cape Town Revisited (Foreword by Amanda Hopkinson). London: Black Dog Publishing, 2013.
  • Defiant Images: Photography and Apartheid South Africa (Foreword by Albie Sachs). Pretoria: University of South Africa (UNISA) Press, 2009.

Book chapters

  • An invitation to visit Windermere: moments of departure and return in the biography of the Bryan Heseltine collection. In Photographs, Museums, Collections: Between and Art and Information. Edited by Elizabeth Edwards and Christopher Morton. London: Bloomsbury, 2015.
  • Sizwe Bansi and the strong room of dreams: photographic histories after apartheid. Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life, Prestel, Feb 2013.
  • Picturing an ‘ordinary atrocity’: the Sharpeville Massacre. In Picturing Atrocity: Reading Photographs in Crisis. Edited by Geoffrey Batchen, Mick Gidley, Nancy Miller and Jay Prosser. London: Reaktion Books, 2012.
  • Biographical entries on Ernest Cole, Alfred Duggan-Cronin, David Goldblatt, Seydou Keïta, Peter Magubane, Malick Sidibé and Constance Stuart Larrabee for: Dictionary of African Biography. Edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Emmanuel Akyeampong. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • Living historically through photographs in post-apartheid South Africa: reflections on Kliptown Museum, Soweto. In Curating Difficult Knowledge: Violent Pasts in Public Places. Edited by Erica Lehrer, Cynthia Milton and Monica Patterson. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
  • Making arguments with images: visual scholarship and academic publishing. In Handbook of Visual Research Methods. Edited by Eric Margolis and Luc Pauwels. London: Sage, 2011.
  • Research training in the creative arts and design. In The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts. Edited by Michael Biggs, Henrik Karlsson. London: Routledge, 2010.

Journal articles

  • Olympics Special Issue of Visual Studies. Edited in collaboration with Peter Coles and Caroline Knowles, with co-authored introduction: Seeing the Olympics: Images, Spaces, Legacies. Abingdon: Routledge, 2012.
  • Ernest Cole and the South African Security Police. History of Photography, 35(1), 2011, pp.76-79.
  • Photographs of Windermere: The Bryan Heseltine Collection. Photography and Culture, 3(2), 2010, pp.225-237.
  • Image, theory, practice: reflections on the past, present and future of photographic education. Photographies, 2(2), 2009, pp.117-24.
  • Johannesburg lunch-hour 1951-1963: the emergence and development of the humanist photographic essay in Drum magazine. Journalism Studies, 8(4), 2007, pp.584-594.
  • ‘Lest we forget’: photography and the presentation of history at the Apartheid Museum, Gold Reef City and the Hector Pieterson Museum, Soweto. Visual Communication, 4(3), 2005, pp.259-295.

Selected talks and conference presentations

  • Archival Dilemmas: Reflections on Researching and Curating the Bryan Heseltine Collection. Interpreting African Photographic Archives: Curatorial and Research Strategies, 7 December 2011, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford. (Co-convenor with Chris Morton).
  • Photography and Research: Towards a Visual Scholarship. Yingxiang Today: The Fifth Annual Conference of the Centre for Chinese Visual Arts, 13-14 October 2011, The Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. Keynote speaker. Published in Chinese inArttoday 2012.2. Translation by Wang Jian and Luo Tianran.
  • Cape Town People: Bryan Heseltine’s South African Portraits 1950-52. Figures and Fictions: The Ethics and Poetics of Photographic Depictions of People, 24-25 June 2011, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Invited speaker.
  • Travelling Photographic Histories: From 1950s Cape Town to Britain, and Back. Writing Photography Series, 29 March 2011, The Photographer’s Gallery, London. Public lecture.
  • Photographs of Windermere: The Bryan Heseltine Collection. South African Contemporary History and Humanities Seminar Series, 15 March 2011, Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Invited speaker.
  • South Africa’s Documentary Tradition: Towards a New History. Bonani Africa 2010. Beyond the Racial Lens: The Politics of South African Documentary Photography, Past and Present, 18-21 August 2010, Cape Town. Invited speaker.
  • A history of photography in South Africa during the apartheid period. Interpretations of African Images and Beauty, 25 April 2009, Museum of London Docklands and the African Studies Association (UK).
  • ‘That was apartheid; thank god it’s all over’: researching the history of photography in South Africa. VisComX Lecture Series, 1 April 2009, Jacobs University, Bremen. Invited Lecture.
  • Making the path as we walk it: the present and future of doctoral education in art and design. Art and Design Education for the 21st Century, 6-7 February 2009, University of Brighton. Invited speaker.


People Apart: Cape Town Survey 1952. Photographs by Bryan Heseltine at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, 19 July 2011 – 8 January 2012 (curated with the assistance of Christopher Morton and Jaanika Vider).

Grants and Awards

The Bryan Heseltine Collection – research on a collection of photographs made in and around Cape Town in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The project has attracted a research grant from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies of British Art to fund a research trip to South Africa in February-March 2011 (£2,000) and a Paul Mellon Centre publication grant (£4,000) for a book to be published in Autumn 2012: People Apart: 1950s Cape Town Revisited

Juries, Committees, Editorial Boards

AHRC Peer Review College member, Postgraduate Panel member and convener, and Postgraduate Committee member. Also involved in the development of doctoral education and training in art and design since the mid-1990s.

Research Grants Panel Chair, Arts and Humanities Research Council (2012)

International Editorial Board, Multimodal Communication (since 2011)

External Examiner, MRes Art, Architecture and Design, University of Lincoln (since 2010)

Moderating Panel (Block Grant Partnerships), Arts and Humanities Research Council (2008-2009)

International Advisory Board, Visual Studies, University of Houston (2008-2011)

External Examiner, BA (Hons) Photography (History and Theory), University College Falmouth (2008-2012)

Panel Convener, Visual Arts and Media Postgraduate Panel, Arts and Humanities Research Council (2007-2008)

Peer Review College, Arts and Humanities Research Council (since 2004)

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