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The International Photography Research Network is an organisation of collaborating institutions dealing with photography, varying from museums to art schools and universities. IPRN was established in 2004 as an initiative of the University of Sunderland (UK) with founding partners in Germany (Museum Folkswang and University of Essen), Slovakia (Dom Fotografie), Finland (University of Jyvaskyla) and the Netherlands (Paradox and University of Leiden).

Changing Faces was a three-year IPRN programe focusing on the visualisation of important changes happening in the context of socio-historical and cultural changes arising from the expansion of the European Union. Work was chosen as an overall title for a programme of fellowships because it accords with the wider intentions of the IPRN to interact with the social and economic structures of the expanded European Union and look at the idea of work within a rapidly developing European context and an increasingly globalised world market place.


Tim Strangleman is a Professor in Sociology and Director of Learning and Teaching at the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research.

His research interests are wide ranging - spanning the sociology of work and its historiography, work identity and meaning; deindustrialisation; visual approaches and methods; corporate photography; working class studies; the sociology of nostalgia and mass-observation and in particular the work of Humphrey Jennings. The focus of his research includes the UK, EU, North America and China. He is currently the President of The Working Class Studies Association.

He is also a founding member and co-convenor of the BSA Work, Employment and Economic Life Study Group (WEEL).


Xavier Ribas (Barcelona, 1960) lives and works in Brighton (UK) and Barcelona (E). In his work Ribas focuses on how landscape and architecture influence social structures.
Ribas studied at the University of Barcelona (1990) and at the Newport School of Art and Design in the UK. Since 2000 he is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton.


Alexandra Moschovi is a senior lecturer at the University of Sunderland. Alexandra's research has concentrated on the institutionalisation of photography in the 1980s and 1990s, exploring how its belated accommodation in the modern/ contemporary art museum ushered in an ontological reassessment not only of its properties as a fine art practice, but also of the museum's foundational principles.

Having completed BA studies in Photography in Athens, Greece, Dr Alexandra Moschovi graduated from Goldsmiths College, London in 1997 with an MA in Image and Communication. In 2004, she was awarded a doctorate title in Art History by the Courtauld Institute of Art, London for the thesis “Photo-phobia and Photo-philia: The Neglect and Accommodation of Photography in British Art Institutions in the Postmodern Period”, completed under the supervision of Professor Julian Stallabrass.

Since 2002, Dr Moschovi has been lecturing in Art History, Critical Theory, and History and Practice of Photography at the Courtauld of Art and Newcastle University as visiting lecturer, and, since 2006, at the University of Sunderland as a full-time lecturer.


Helen Westgeest studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague (division Painting) and Leiden University (Art History). In 1996 she obtained her PhD degree, with a dissertation on Zen in the Fifties. Interaction in Art between East and West. Since 2000 she has been working as an assistant professor of modern and contemporary art history and theory of photography at Leiden University. She worked as a lecturer in art techniques at the Vrije University (VU) in Amsterdam from 1995-2006, and as a lecturer in Cultural Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Utrecht from 2002-2004. In January 2007 she won the Teacher of the Year Award from Leiden University.
As a guest curator, she curated exhibitions in several museums in the Netherlands and Germany.

In 1994 she obtained a Research Fellowship from the Canon Foundation for a research project of one year in Tokyo, New York, Paris and Munich. In 2007 she was convenor of the session ‘Photography between Poetics and Politics’ at the Contestations conference of the AAH (Association of Art Historians) in Belfast and co-editor of its proceedings. She is currently involved in several international research projects. In September 2012 she will supervise a workshop about theory of photography for students, scholars and curators in Beijing. In 2012 (January-December) she served as a member of one of the committees of the Dutch Raad voor Cultuur (Cultural Council). In 2014 she has been appointed as Fellow of the Leiden Teachers’ Academy, and as Field Editor for Photography at the American art journal


Kimmo Lehtonen is the founder & director of The Centre for Creative Photography. He is a specialist in visual culture and photographic art with an 18-year career in Academia and publishing as well as considerable experience in international project management and cultural and artistic exchange. Proven networker with access within Europe and beyond. He is a lecturer in Digital Culture & Studies In Visual Communication at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Lehtonen was the curator of the WORK #3 Changing Faces exhibition at Rovaniemi Art Museum in October 2007.



Mirelle Thijsen (b. 1960) is a curator and photohistorian living and working in Amsterdam. She obtained her PhD at the Research Institute for History and Culture, University of Utrecht with her research project The Corporate Photobook in the Netherlands, 1945-1965.


Prof. Arabella Plouviez is Head of Photography at the University of Sunderland. She has worked with colleagues to develop the International Photography Research Network (IPRN) which was developed in 2004. Its mission is to stimulate the production and presentation of high quality photographic practice, academic and artistic research and photographic-theory. IPRN seeks to achieve this by providing a platform for international exchange leading to collaborative projects, exhibition, publications, research, symposia, networking and shared archives. In 2009 the North East Photography Network (NEPN) was launched, which offers a range of activities and opportunities for people based in the North East and involved with critically engaged photography.


Anatasia Khoroshilova was born in Moscow in 1978. She studied photography at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Folkwang School), Germany with Prof. Joerg Sasse from 1999-2004. Since  2007 she lives and works in Berlin and Moscow.

Among the books published by Khoroshilova are: Russkie (EIKON/ÖIP, Vienna, 2008), The Narrow Circle (Contrasto, Rome, 2008), Five Stories (Paradox, Edam, 2007), Islanders 2003-2006 (Centro per l´arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato / Kunsthalle Lingen, 2006),Notes On The Way (The State Russian Museum / Ludwig Museum in Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, 2006) and Bezhin Meadow (Edit. Trefoil, 2005 Moscow).

Khoroshilova had numerous groups exhibitions as well as solo shows. In the framework of the IPRN project Changing Faces, she was invited in 2007 by the Master's in Photographic Studies of the University Leiden and Paradox to do a commission dealing with work.



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