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Dr Henry Bond

Senior lecturer


I am a theorist of photography with a particular interest in Freudian psychoanalysis.

I graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London, in 1988 with a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art. In 2001, I completed an MA in Psychoanalysis at Middlesex University under the founding course director Professor Bernard Burgoyne. In 2007, I completed a PhD at University of Gloucestershire, my thesis elaborated a Lacanian approach to interpreting and understanding crime scene photography--in particular an archive held by The National Archive covering the period 1955–1970. In 2011, I completed the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education PgCert at Kingston University and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In 1990, I co-curated with Sarah Lucas the art exhibition East Country Yard Show, an exhibition which was influential in the development of the YBA art scene. From 1990–95 I collaborated with artist Liam Gillick on our Documents Series, a conceptual art photography and text project which examined pre-news structures and mass-media dissemination.

In 2009, my debut monograph on art and photography Lacan at the Scene was published by The MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.

Photo-books include: The Cult of the Street (Emily Tsingou Gallery, 1998) and Point and Shoot (Hatje-Cantz, 2001). 

My work has been included in several historical surveys of art including Brilliant! (Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1995); How To Improve the World (Hayward Gallery, 2006), and Century City (Tate Modern, 2001). 

Research expertise and interests include: Bataille and surrealism; Continental philosophy; Cultural politics/studies; Ethics of psychoanalysis; Fine art practice; Frankfurt School critical theory; Lacanian theory; Participatory art; Photography and critical theory; Press ethics; Psychoanalytic philosophy; Relational aesthetics; Trauma studies.

Areas of specialism

  • photography theory
  • art and psychoanalysis

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