School of Art, Design and Fashion
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Subject Areas: Art
Gary is a Senior Lecturer within the Photography department & MA Course Leader for Photography. His research interests include the visual culture of contested spaces and the intersection between visually orientated practices and the sociological sphere. He is also President of the International sociological Associations, Visual Sociology Research Committee (2018-2022).
Gary currently co-supervises 2 PhD Students within the School of Journalism, Media and Performance, and chairs The Photography Research Group.
Gary has published his research in a number of peer-reviewed journals, organised conferences nationally and internationally on a number of themes as well as presenting his work nationally and internationally. Aside from his immediate responsibilities at UCLan, Gary also holds a number of board and editorial positions as noted.
Bratchford, G., 2019. ‘Visualising the invisible: a guided walk around the Pendleton Housing Estate, Salford, UK’. Visual Studies
Bratchford, G., 2018. ‘Constructing the ‘Right Image’: Visibility Management and the Palestinian village of Susiya’. The Humanities Journal
Bratchford, G., Giotaki, G., & Wewiora, L., 2018. 'Socially Engaged Photography and Wellbeing: A Case study in the Northwest of England, UK'. The Journal of London Primary Care.
The Grenfell Tower Disaster Lays Bare the Power of Social Media, The Conversation (15 August, 2017)
Gary's research specialisms are located at the various intersections between visual culture, politics and violence and fall into two distinct categories.
Gary is also interested in visual research methods and socially engaged photographic practices, specifically in relation to Wellbeing.
(2018) ‘Seeing like a Drone: The Politics of Droneviewing’. The Nineteenth ISA World Congress of Sociology, 15-21 July 2018, University of Toronto, Toronto Canada.
(2018) ‘Reflections on Socially Engaged Practice: Between Community Participants and Gallery Spaces’. The Nineteenth ISA World Congress of Sociology, 15-21 July 2018, University of Toronto, Toronto Canada
(2018) Invited paper: “Visualising the Invisible: Human Rights and Palestinian Protest” as part of the Visual Arts, Human Rights and Humanitarianism Workshop. A collaborative International research network The Whitworth Art Gallery (University of Manchester) and the Manchester Art Gallery, 27 April 2018
(2018) Invited Panel Participation: “How can we validate Socially Engaged Practice” – “Culture Shifts Learning Lab: How Can We Co-Author Culture. The Open Eye, Liverpool, 29 January 2018.
(2018) Invited keynote: “Socially Engaged Practice and Health – Demonstrable Outcomes. The Open Eye, Liverpool, 29 January 2018.
(2017) Invited Keynote, Public Lecture – “What is Socially Engaged Photographic Practice?”, The Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool. 12 October 2017