Darren Newbury's research interests are in the relationship between photography, history and memory.
He has wider scholarly interests across photographic and visual research methods and methodology, and in the development of postgraduate research education and training. He has developed a specific interest in research ethics.Darren is the Director of Postgraduate Research Studies (Arts and Humanities) and Professor of Photographic History at the university.
Darren Newbury studied photography and cultural studies at undergraduate and postgraduate level, completing his PhD in 1995 and was previously Professor of Photography at Birmingham Institute of Art & Design.
He has published widely on photography, photographic education and visual research. His most recent research has focused on the development of photography in apartheid South Africa and the re-use of historical images as a form of memorialisation in contemporary post-apartheid displays.
Darren’s research interests encompass the relationship between photography, history and memory, photographic and visual research methods and methodology, and an engagement in the development of postgraduate research education and training. Within this strand he has developed a specific interest in research ethics.
Reflections on Kliptown Museum, Soweto
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
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).
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.
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)