David Campany is a writer, curator and artist. His areas of expertise include photographic art, documentary/photojournalism, the intersections of the still and moving image, and curatorial practices. He teaches ‘theory’ and ‘practice’ at all levels from undergraduate to Phd.


Victor Burgin; A Sense of Place, Ambika P3, London 2013 (curator)
Mark Neville: DEEDS NOT WORDS, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, 2013 (curator)
Anonymes: Unnamed America in Photography and Film, Le Bal, Paris, 2010 (co-curator)
This Must Be The Place, Jerwood Space, London, 2010 (curator)
Hannah Collins: Història en curso, CaixaForum Barelona/Madrid and touring, 2010 (curator)

PhD Supervision

David supervises at PHD level


David writes regularly for Frieze, Aperture and Source. He has written major texts on the work of Jeff Wall, Victor Burgin, Hannah Collins, William Klein, John Stezaker, Chris Killlip, Paul Graham, Stan Douglas, Doug Rickard, Walker Evans, Paul Graham, Mark Lewis, Chris Coekin, Edgar Martins and Eugène Atget, among others. He has published over two hundred essays. He co-founded and co-edits PA magazine.

Books include:

The Open Road. Photographic Road Trips Across America, Aperture, 2014
Gasoline, MACK Editions, 2013

Walker Evans: the Magazine Work, Steidl, 2013

Rich and Strange (artist’s book), Chopped Liver Press, 2012

Jeff Wall: Picture for Women, Afterall/MIT Press, 2011. Winner of the ICP Infinity Award for Writing, 2012

ANONYMES. L’Amérique sans nom: photographie et cinéma, Steidl/Le Bal, Paris, 2010 (French/English)

Photography and Cinema, Reaktion Books 2008. Winner of the Kraszna Krauss Best Moving Image Book, 2010. Hebrew edition, Pitom Publishing 2011; Chinese (Mandarin) edition, Nanjing University Press, forthcoming)

Hannah Collins. Història en curso, (author and editor), CaixaForum, Barcelona 2008. Spanish/Catalan editions.

The Cinematic (ed.), Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Press, 2007

Art and Photography, Phaidon 2003. English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Japanese editions.

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