Dr. Gary Bratchford

Dr. Gary Bratchford

Senior Lecturer in Photography

School of Journalism, Media and Performance

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.




Full Profile

Gary teaches on both the BA and MA Photography degree courses of which he modules leads on 8, including 6 undergraduate and 2 postgraduate. His teaching ranges from applied critical theory, practical modules, research methods as well as teaching units focusing on classical and contemporary Visual Culture. He also currently co-supervises one PhD that seeks to revise the historical/political aspects of civil and post civil war trauma through the work of the Greek cinematographer, Theo Angelopoulos.

Gary has published his research in a number of peer-reviewed journals, organized conferences nationally and internationally on a number of themes as well as presenting work nationally and internationally. Aside from his immediate responsibilities at UCLan he holds a number of board and editorial positions as noted below.

Research Interests:

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.

He is also interested in visual research methods and is currently conducting on/offline visual ethnography related to the gentrification of North Manchester. 

Gary published an article on The Conversation in August 2017 about the power of social media to tell the truth, entitled ‘The Grenfell Tower disaster lays bare the true power of social media’


  • 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

External Roles:

  • Book Review Editor – Journal of Visual Studies (Taylor & Francis Press)
  • International Sociological Association, Visual Sociology Board Member (RC 57)
  • Conthemphoto Photography Conference, Turkey, Board Member

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.


Bratchford, Gary (2014) Visualizing a Society on the Brink: Gaza and Hebron. Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research, 7 (2&3). pp. 145-162. ISSN 1751-9411

Bratchford, Gary (2014) Political Visibility of the Palestinian. In: Looking at Images: A Researchers Guide. University of Southampton Press, Winchester.

Bratchford, Gary (2014) Liquid Borders and Contested Spaces: An Israeli Street in a Palestinian City. Project Report. Social Science Research Council.

Morrison, Brian, Aitken, John, Bratchford, Gary, Purcell, Jonathan, Morris, Phillip Michael, Brake, Jane, Moss-Coomes, Abigail, Wood, Becca, Stanton, Charles, Lester, David, Rose, Jason, Burston, Kirsty, Wagstaff, Ryan, Ta, Seing, Rees, Tom, Carroll, Andrea, Brophy, Nicola, Kelly, Lauren Jo and Lately, Dale (2016) North: Volume Two. North, 2 . PhotoUCLan, Preston, UK. ISBN 978-1-909755-08-6


Gary is research active within the Photography Research Group

External Affiliations and Roles

External responsibilities:

  • Board Member: International Sociological Association (ISA) Visual Sociology Board Research committee (RC57)
  • Book Review Editor: Visual Studies Journal (published by Taylor and Francis)
  • Board Member: Contemphoto Annual International Photography Conference, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Co-Editor: International Sociological Association Visual Sociology Newsletter
  • Book Review Editor – Journal of Visual Studies (Taylor & Francis Press) International Sociological Association, Visual Sociology Board Member (RC 57) Conthemphoto Photography Conference, Turkey, Board Member External Examiner - Newcastle College - Photography FdA
  • Finally, I am the principle PI on the 2017 Halton Community Cultural Shifts project in association with the Open-eye Photography Gallery, Liverpool


Dr. Gary Bratchford, Senior Lecturer in Photography. Gary teaches across the BA and MA modules, with an emphasis on applied critical theory to photography as well as teaching units focusing on classical and contemporary Visual Culture. Gary also currently co-supervises one PhD that seeks to revise the historical/political aspects of civil and post civil war trauma in the work of Greek cinematographer, Theo Angelopoulos.





  •  (2017) ‘Online/Offline Reality: Using Online Ethnography and Visual Research Methods to Explore Acts of Visual Exclusion’. International Visual Methods Conference - Visualising the City, 16-18th Aug 2017, Singapore.
  • (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.
  • (2013) ‘Politics of Visibility: Contemporary Landscape Photography in Israel and the Occupied Territories’, Politics of Photography, Contemphoto: International on Contemporary Photography, 12-15 June, Nâzim Hikmit Cultural Centre, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • (2012) ‘Visual Activism in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories: New Media Technologies, Witnessing & Visual Citizenship’, Visual Activism & Social Justice,
  • The Second ISA Forum of Sociology,  104 August 2012, UBA, Buenos Aries, Argentina.
  • (2011) ‘Hiding the Human Catastrophe: Bare-life, New Media and Digital Activism’, Platform for Presentations, MIRIAD Research in Practice Postgraduate forum, 6 October 2011 Manchester Metropolitan University.


  • (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, 9 September, 2015 University of Padua (Italy) - organized 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.



  • 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



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