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Lucy Mounfield

Phd Student and TA,

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Teaching Summary

Lucy will be teaching the seminar and workshop for Introduction to Art History I & II in the Autumn and Spring terms.

Research Summary

Lucy's PhD research will address some key problems in the historiography of the amateur photographer and more specifically, street photography during 60s and 70s America. Lucy will use the… read more

Current Research

Lucy's PhD research will address some key problems in the historiography of the amateur photographer and more specifically, street photography during 60s and 70s America. Lucy will use the photography of Vivian Maier (1926-2009) as a case study in order to identify problems in current and historical discourses on amateurism.

Maier, who between 1952 and 2000 worked as a live-in full-time domestic nanny, produced over 150,000 images during her lifetime, a volume of output comparable to that of any professional photographer. Maier's negatives, produced while she was a domestic nanny, are now being developed, exhibited and sold posthumously throughout the world by commercial dealers. Maier did not edit her images, nor - despite the mountain of paper documents found with her pictures - did she leave any written notes concerning them. Yet, she has largely become a recognised public figurehead of street photography. Considering this therefore, the creation of her as street photographer is problematic in that it attempts to forge an image of Maier as a professional photographer alongside her contemporaries without any understanding of Maier's photographic routine, subject matter and her understanding of the history of photography.

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