Steve Edwards, Senior Lecturer in Art History, has been awarded a 2-month fellowship in 2013 at the Harry Ransom Centre (University of Texas at Austin) for a project called ‘Imaging Labour’.
Steve Edwards joined the Open University as Research Lecturer in Art History in 1997. After a first degree in Fine Art, he was awarded an MA in the social history of art from the University of Leeds. In 1996 he received his PhD for a thesis on nineteenth-century theories of photography. During 2006 Dr Edwards was visiting professor in art History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In addition to writing extensively on the history of photography, he regularly produces essays on contemporary art and on art and social theory. His work has been translated into six languages.
Dr Edwards is the editor of two Open University textbooks: Art and its Histories: a Reader (Yale University Press, 1996) and with Paul Wood Art of the Avant-Gardes (Yale University Press, 2004). In 2006 he published two books: The Making of English Photography, Allegories (Penn State University Press) and Photography: a Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press). He also recently edited the special issue of the Oxford Art Journal dedicated to the work of Jeff Wall (30:1) and has since joined the editorial board of the journal. He is on the editorial board of Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory.
He is currently working on research projects on image copyright and piracy; contemporary art and contemporary capitalism; and photography, socialism and feminism at the turn of the twentieth century.