Dr Paolo Magagnoli

Senior Lecturer

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
+61 7 334 68808


I completed my MA and PhD in Art History at University College London in 2012, and moved to Australia in 2015 to take up my position at UQ. I am an art historian with expertise in the history of photography, artists’ cinema and video. I have written widely on modern and contemporary art and his articles have appeared in Oxford Art Journal, Third Text, Afterall, Philosophy of Photography, Photography and Culture. I am also the author of Documents of Utopia: The Politics of Experimental Documentary (2015). I am in favour of a broader approach to image culture, one which crosses traditional boundaries between disciplines such as art history, media studies, sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies. My research interests are contemporary artists’ use of images for the production of history and memory, and the aesthetics and politics of documentary. I am interested in the history of Australian photography and the role that lens-based images and visual culture have played in advancing social and environmental justice movements in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Research Interests

  • History and Theory of Photography, Visual Culture, Modern and Contemporary Art


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University College London


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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision