Museums and Photography: Displaying Death (2017)

Editors: Elena Stylianou & Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert
Publisher: Routledge


Museums and Photography combines a strong theoretical approach with international case studies to investigate the display of death in various types of museums—history, anthropology, art, ethnographic, and science museums – and to understand the changing role of photography in museums. Contributors explore the politics and poetics of displaying death, and more specifically, the role of photography in representing and interpreting this difficult topic. Working with nearly 20 researchers from different cultural backgrounds and disciplines, the editors critically engage the recent debate on the changing role of museums, exhibition meaning-making, and the nature of photography. They offer new ways for understanding representational practices in relation to contemporary visual culture. This book will appeal to researchers and museum professionals, inspiring new thinking about death and the role of photography in making sense of it.


Photography and Cyprus: Time, Place and Identity (2014)

Editors: Liz Wells, Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert & Nicos Philippou
Publisher: I.B.Tauris (International Library of Modern and Contemporary Art)


Formerly a British colony, the island of Cyprus is now a divided country, where histories of political and cultural conflicts, as well as competing identities, remain contested. Cyprus provides the ideal case study for this innovative exploration, extensively illustrated, of how the practice of photography in relation to its political, cultural and economic contexts both contributes and responds to the formation of identity. International contributors, representing diverse disciplines, draw from photography theory, art history, anthropology and sociology to explore how the island and its people have been represented photographically. They reveal how the different gazes – colonial, political, gendered and within art photography – contribute to the creation of individual and national identities and, by extension, to the creation and re-creation of imagery of Cyprus as place. The questions this book asks and the themes and arguments it follows apply also to other places characterized by their colonial heritage. The intriguing example of Cyprus thus serves as a fitting test-ground for current debates relating to photography, place and identity.


Photographies: Special issue on photography, artists and museums (2014)

Guest editors: Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert and Elena Stylianou


The six papers included in this special issue of photographies are selected from the papers presented at the 2nd International Conference of Photography and Theory (ICPT 2012). The theme of the special issue is the intricate relationship between photography, artists and museums. More specifically, it focuses on artistic practices that use photography to challenge the theoretical complexities of this relationship. The featured papers of this issue examine what happens when artists turn their lens on such museum practices as collecting, archiving, exhibiting, and interpreting.