IN 2010, A GROUP OF ACADEMICS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS IN CYPRUS introduced the idea of an international conference that would reflect on and critically engage with photography, its artistic proliferation and social and political presence. In 2013, following the success of the first two ICPT conferences, the International Association of Photography and Theory (IAPT) was officially established as a non-profit, academic-oriented, organization, providing the umbrella under which the biannual ICPT conferences would take place.

Our mission

IAPT was established as an organization dedicated to the multidisciplinary and critical study of photography and photographic practices. Responding to expanding artistic, scholarly, and cultural discourse on photography, the Association aims to offer an open forum for exchange, debate and critical analysis of issues relating to photography. Through the ICPT conferences, exhibitions, projects, publications and our community, IAPT specifically aims:

  • to establish an international academic research network focusing on photography

  • to promote photography and theory in collaboration with other institutions and organizations from Cyprus and abroad

  • to organize exhibitions, symposiums, festivals and workshops

  • to produce books, journal articles and special issues, artists’ books, as well as digital publications relevant to the critical study of photography

  • to promote, organize, participate and manage educational programs on visual arts, particularly in the field of photography

the icpt

IAPT organizes the biannual International Conference of Photography and Theory (ICPT) in Cyprus, a conference that aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from diverse fields of study related to photography. The ICPT conference was initiated as a response to an expanding interest in historical, artistic, cultural and scholarly research on photography, and has since been established as one of the leading international academic conferences on photography. Visit our conference page to find out more about the next ICPT conference theme and location. For past conferences, click here.


board of directors

Elena Stylianou (EdD)
European University, Cyprus (President)
Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert (PhD)
Cyprus University of Technology/ Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab (Vice-President)
Nicos Philippou
University of Nicosia, Cyprus (Cashier)
Nicolas Lambouris
Frederick University, Cyprus (Member)
Yiannis Toumazis (PhD)
Frederick University, Cyprus / Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Associated with the Pierides Foundation, Cyprus (Member)

international advising committee

Prof. Liz Wells
School of Art and Media, Plymouth University, UK
Prof. Martha Langford
Department of Art History, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Prof. Geoffrey Batchen
School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Dr. Daniel Rubinstein
Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, UK
Walid Raad
Artist, Lebanon, New York
Joachim Schmid
Artist, Germany
Akram Zaatari
Artist, Lebanon