Dr. Gary Bratchford

Dr. Gary Bratchford

Senior Lecturer and MA Course Leader in Photography

School of Art, Design and Fashion

Media Factory, ME202

+44 (0) 1772 89 3045


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).

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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.


  • PhD Visual Culture: AHRC fully funded Studentship
              Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, (2016)
  • 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

Teaching Activities and responsibilities

  • Course Leader – MA Photography
  • PhD supervision


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 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



(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

External Affiliations

  • Book Review Editor – Journal of Visual Studies
  • President – Visual Sociology Research Committee (RC57) International Sociological Association
  • Board Member - Open Eye Gallery
  • 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)