Research Shorts | Dr. Paul Lowe

Research Shorts | Dr. Paul Lowe


My name is Paul Lowe. I’m a Reader in
Documentary Photography here at London College of Communication, University of the Arts,
London. So, I studied history at university and then I went and
worked in the media and worked in current affairs as a photographer for 15
years. But, I always had that historical perspective of when I was photographing,
thinking about what is the thing, what is really important about the
situation that I’m working on. Well, I think research is really exciting
because, you know, you’ve got this chance to work with something, come up with some
kind of new connection, new insight, new understanding and, for me, often it’s like
kind of sparks flying off things. I made some research on the liberation of
Bergen-Belsen in 1945 and I found the original caption sheets, written by the
the army photographers at the time, that nobody else had looked at and that’s
the wonderful thing about archival research is coming up with these things, that perhaps, you’re the only person who has held that in such a long time. You
know the exciting part of research is really working with ideas and
concepts and often objects that haven’t been thought about before, that haven’t
been looked at before, that haven’t been engaged with before.

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