Dr. Gary Bratchford

Dr. Gary Bratchford

Senior Lecturer in Photography

School of Art, Design and Fashion

Media Factory, ME330

+44 (0) 1772 89 3045


Subject Areas: TV, Film and Photography

Gary is a Senior Lecturer within the Photography department. His research interests include visual activism and creative nonviolent resistance, 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).




Full Profile

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.


  • PhD Visual Culture: AHRC fully funded Studentship
              Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, (2016)
              Title: Visual Activism in Israel, Gaza and the Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • PGDE: The University of Bolton, (2010), Award: Distinction
  • M.A. War, History & Culture: The University of Manchester, (2010), Award: Distinction
  • B.A. (Hons) Film & Media Studies with Practice (Photography): Manchester Metropolitan University,(2006), Award: Upper Second Class
  • TEFL Teacher Training: Manchester City College, (2005), Award: Diploma


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)

Bratchford, G. Parkinson, R., 2017. ‘As and When: Documenting Socially Engaged Practice’, University of Central Lancashire Press

Bratchford, G., 2014. ‘Visualizing a Society on the Brink: Gaza and Hebron’. The International Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research Vol 7, No2


Gary is research active within the Photography Research Group


Gary's research specialisms are located at the various intersections between visual culture, politics and violence and fall into two distinct categories.

  • Firstly, the visual production of contested spaces and activist photography, specifically in Israel/Palestine.
  • Secondly, institutional responses to the representational framing of migration and movement.

Gary is also interested in visual research methods and socially engaged photographic practices, specifically in relation to Wellbeing.



  • Bratchford, G., Parkinson, R., 2017.Culture Shift, The Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, September 2017 (Forthcoming)
  • Bratchford, G., Parkinson, R., 2017. As and When: Participatory Photography and Community Space in Widness and Runcorn. Brindley Art Gallery, July 2017 (Forthcoming)
  • Bratchford, G., 2016. An On/offline Visual Ethnography of Ancoats, Manchester 2016, Preston, September


External Affiliations

  • Book Review Editor – Journal of Visual Studies
  • President – Visual Sociology Research Committee (RC57) International Sociological Association
  • Board Member - Open Eye Gallery
  • Board Member: Contemphoto Annual International Photography Conference, Istanbul, Turkey
  • External Examiner: Newcastle College – Photography FdA and BA


  • ISA Membership (International Sociological Association)
  • IVSA Membership (International Visual Sociological Association)
  • Photography Research Group (University of Central Lancashire)





Conference and event organising

19th ISA World Congress of Sociology Program Co-coordinator: Visual Sociology Sessions on ‘Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities, Toronto (2018)

2nd International Workshop on Visual Methods for Doctorial Students: The University of Central Lancashire, 2017)

3rd ISA Forum of Sociology session organizer: Imagining Futures Through the Visual. (July 10-14 2016) University of Vienna, Austria.

1st RC33 Regional Conference on Social Science Methodology: Asia, Session Organizer: Towards More visual Methodologies, hosted by the Center for Survey Research, RCHSS, Academia Sinica, Twain.



(2016) Contributor to ‘All Materials of Value’ publication as part of the Promising Home exhibition at The People’s History Museum Curated by John van Aitken & Jane Brake

(2015) Guest Speaker - 1st International Workshop on Visual Research for Doctoral Students, September 2015, University of Padua (Italy) - organised by the Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Pedagogy and Applied Psychology (FISPPA) and the Doctoral School in Social Sciences (University of Padua).

(2014) Keynote Presenter, Public Lecture – “Conflict and Compassion: Frames of War and Human Rights in Israel”, Asia Manchester Triennial (ATM) programme, 8 November, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester.

(2013) Public Seminar – ‘The Politics of Visibility and my Research Pathway: Contemporary Landscape Photography in Israel and the Occupied’, 8 October, Tent’s Public Pedagogical Platform for Presentation Seminar Session.


(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

(2017) ‘Reframing Normal Appearances: Israel/Palestine and the 2011 Palestinian Freedom Rides’. 35th International Visual Sociology Conference Framing / Reframing Visual Sociology Goffman and the Everyday, June 19-22, 2017, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

(2014) ‘Ecology of an Online Archive: Visual Activism and Political Visibilities in Israel/Palestine’, 03 International Conference of Photography and Theory 2014: Photography and Politics and the Politics of Photography. December 5-7, 2014 Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Cyprus.

(2013) ‘Negotiating Representation in Israel & Palestine’, Envisioning Peace, Performing Justice: Art, Activism, and Cultural Politics in the History of Peacemaking, Peace History Society, 24-26 October, 2013 Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA

(2013) ‘Negotiating Representation in Israel & Palestine’, Representation, Politics and Violence, 7th International Interdisciplinary Conference, CAPPE, 11-13 September, University of Brighton, UK

(2013) ‘Visual Activism and the Photo-essay in the Occupied Territories’, The Aesthetics of Activism – Strategies of Visibility, IVSA 2013 Annual Conference: The Public Image, 8-10 July, Goldsmiths, London, UK.