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Research interests

Stephen Bull is a writer researching photography. He is the author of Photography (Routledge, 2010) and the editor of A Companion to Photography (Wiley-Blackwell, 2020, forthcoming). He is currently researching and writing Photography and Celebrity (Bloomsbury, forthcoming). His writing has appeared in many books, journals and magazines since 1995.

Alongside writing, Stephen exhibited as an artist from 1994 to 2013, making work using found photography. Venues included Tate Britain, The Photographers' Gallery, London, and the International Festival of Photography, China. His photobooks include A Meeting With A Celebrity (2003) and Meeting Hazel Stokes (2006).

Stephen continues to deliver keynote papers and contribute papers to conferences and symposiums, such as the keynote paper for the conference Visualising Changing Realities in the Age of Social Media at Arts University Bournemouth in March 2019. In June 2020, he will deliver the paper 'Photography and Celebrity: Transforming the analysis of the role of photographs in the process of celebrity' at the Fifth International Celebrity Studies Conference. He has run courses at Tate Modern and is the creator and host of the ongoing series of live events Desert Island Pics. Stephen was Course Leader for Photography at University of Portsmouth (2004-2009) and at University for the Creative Arts Farnham (2010-2013). He is Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Brighton.

Scholarly biography

Selected bibliography:

Bull, Stephen (Forthcoming) Photography and Celebrity (Bloomsbury)

Bull, Stephen (ed.) (2020) A Companion to Photography (Wiley-Blackwell)

Bull, Stephen (2019) 'Famous for a Fifteenth of a Second: Andy Warhol, Celebrity and Fan Photography' in Stephen Bull (ed.) A Companion to Photography (Wiley-Blackwell)

Bull, Stephen (2015) 'Meeting Tom Baker' in Photography & Culture 8 (1) (Bloomsbury)

Bull, Stephen (2012) 'Pierre Bourdieu' in Mark Durden (ed.) Fifty Key Writers on Photography (Routledge)

Bull, Stephen (2010) Photography (Routledge)

Bull, Stephen (2010) 'Spectres and the City' in Karen Downey (ed.) Where Are The People? Contemporary Photographs of Belfast 2002-2010 (Belfast Exposed)

Bull, Stephen (2009) 'Photography' in Danielle Albertazzi and Paul Cobley (eds.) The Media: An Introduction (3rd Edition) (Pearson)

Bull, Stephen (2007) 'The Elusive Author: Found Photography, Authorship and the Work of Joachim Schmid' in Gordon MacDonald and John Weber (eds.) Joachim Schmid: Photoworks (Photoworks/Stiedl)

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, University for the Creative Arts

Award Date: 19 Nov 2025

Master, University for the Creative Arts

Award Date: 20 Jun 2019

Master, University of Portsmouth

Award Date: 20 Jun 2018

External positions

Nominating Member of Deutsche Börse Foundation Photography Prize Academy

2010 → …


  • TR Photography
  • NX Arts in general


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