Mette Sandbye

Mette Sandbye


Primary fields of research

Head of Department since 2012. Professor of Photography Studies since 2015.


Primary research areas

With an educational background from Comparative Literature and Modern Culture & Cultural Communication and a PhD on photography and memory in contemporary art, I have specialized in photography studies with a focus on photography's history and theory, contemporary art, the 20th century avant-garde art, and vernacular photography.

Current research

I currently do research on the relationship between amateur photography and collective history since the 1960s centered on the family photo album and a focus on materiality, social exchange, communication and personal as well as collective storytelling. In this connection, I (with Jonas Larsen) edited the anthology Digital Snaps. The New Face of Photography (I.B. Tauris, 2014); an overall survey of vernacular and everyday photography's “new media ecology” in the light of the digital changes.

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