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.
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
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.