Marta Weiss Biography

Photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron, 'Whisper of the Muse' (sitters Elizabeth Keown, George Frederic Watts, Kate Keown), albumen print, 1865. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron, 'Whisper of the Muse' (sitters Elizabeth Keown, George Frederic Watts, Kate Keown), albumen print, 1865. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Name: Dr Marta Weiss

Role: Curator – Photographs, Word and Image Department

Research Interests prose

My main area of research is nineteenth-century British photography, especially staged photographs, albums and photocollage of the 1850s-1870s.  I am also interested in the history of collecting and exhibiting photographs and in contemporary photography.

Selected Research Outputs (Exhibitions)

Making It Up: Photographic Fictions (2013)

Light from the Middle East: New Photography (2012)

Signs of a Struggle: Photography in the Wake of

Postmodernism (2011)

Libraries of Light: Photographic Books from the V&A Collection (2008)

Books and exhibition catalogues

Light from the Middle East: New Photography (Gottingen and London: Steidl in association with V&A Publishing, 2012).

Catalogue essays   

‘The Page as Stage’, in: E. Siegel, ed. ‘Playing With Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage’, (Chicago and New Haven: The Art Institute of Chicago in association with Yale University Press, 2009): 37-47.

‘Staged Photography and the Victorian Album’, in: L. Pauli, ed. ‘Acting the Part: Photography as Theatre’ (London and New York: Merrell, 2006): 79-99.

Articles

‘The Diversity of Expression and the Wondrous Power of the Art of Photography in the Albums of Richard Cockle Lucas’, in: History of Photography, Volume 37, Issue 4 (November 2013): 431-444.

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