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Carol Payne

Associate Professor

Degrees:B.F.A. (York University) M.A. and Ph.D (Boston University)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 1882
Email:carol.payne@carleton.ca
Office:411 St. Patrick's Building

cpayneA specialist in the study of photography and a curator before coming to Carleton, I teach undergraduate and graduate classes in the history and theory of photography as well as other Art History courses. Among other institutions, I have worked for the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (an affiliate of the National Gallery of Canada), the J. Paul Getty Museum (California) and the London Regional Art Gallery (now Museums London).

I am interested in photography as a “social practice” — that is to say, I do not look at photographs as straightforward and unequivocal historic records but instead I examine how they mediate lived experience. Students in my classes can expect to see a wide range of photographs not only limited to photographic art but also as tools of surveillance, anthropology, commercial promotion and journalism; to discuss theory; and to explore the rich photographic collections in the National Capital Region.

In my research, I examine various incidents of photographic practice and reception. I am the author of The Official Picture: The National Film Board of Canada’s Still Photography Division and the Image of Canada, 1941-1971 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013) and co-editor (with Andrea Kunard) of The Cultural Work of Photography in Canada. I have also published numerous articles and chapters about the history of the photograph. From 2005 to 2014 I collaborated with the Inuit training program, Nunavut Sivuniksavut, in a collaborative photographic “returns” project that employed Inuit students to conduct interviews with elders in Nunavut about images from the NFB collection and other archives depicting the north. I am presently writing about that collaboration and role of the photograph in settler colonial visual culture. My research has been awarded three major grants from the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada: a 2009-2012 Northern Communities strategic research grant, a 2005-2007 Northern Development and Research grant and a 2001-2004 Standard Research Grant.

In addition to teaching in the Art History unit, Carol Payne is a Research Associate with the Carleton Centre for Public History and a member of Carleton’s Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Language and Education.

(top profile photo: Ainslie Coghill)

Books:

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Carol Payne, The Official Picture: The National Film Board of Canada’s Still Photography Division and the Image of Canada, 1941-1971. (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, June 2013) Website

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Carol Payne and Andrea Kunard, eds. The Cultural Work of Photography  in Canada Co-Editor with Andrea Kunard. (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2011) Website

Websites:

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In the research project Views from the North, I collaborated with the Ottawa-based Inuit training program Nunavut Sivuniksavut, Library and Archives Canada, and Carleton’s Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre on a photo-based oral history project.  This project employs Inuit students to conduct interviews with elders in Nunavut about archival photographs of their home communities.  Images are disseminated across Nunavut through a web-based cybercartographic atlas.  Take a look at the atlas (in progress):  viewsfromthenorth.ca/index.html

Exhibition:

Co-curator with Sandra Dyck (Director, Carleton University Art Gallery), The Other NFB: The National Film Board of Canada’s Still Photography Division, 1941-1971.
Organizing Institution: Carleton University Art Gallery.

Tour: Jan. 23 – May 1, 2016: Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario;
(upcoming: Fall 2016: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario;
Winter 2017: Carleton University Art Gallery.)

http://www.ngcmagazine.ca/correspondents/the-other-nfb-canada-s-official-portrait

Recent Publications:

Carol Payne, “Culture, Memory and Community through Photographs: Developing an Inuit-based Methodology,” Anthropology and Photography. Ed. Christopher Morton, et al. (London: Royal Anthropological Institute, 2016). Anthropology and Photo Vol 5.pdf

Carol Payne, “Refracting Time: Andrew Wright’s Images of Photographic Memory” in Andrew Wright, Pretty Lofty and Heavy All at Once. Ed. Ola Wlusek and Randy Innes. (Ottawa: Ottawa Art Gallery, 2016).

Carol Payne, “Museums and Photography: Some Observations,” Muse. (July-August 2016). Download the PDF here.

Carol Payne, “’You hear it in their voice’: photographs and cultural consolidation among Inuit youths and elders,” The Oral History Reader. 3rd Edition. Eds. Alistair Thomson and Robert Perks. (London and New York: Routledge, forthcoming 2015). (Reprint of 2011 chapter of the same name listed below)

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Carol Payne, “War, Lies and the News Photo: Second World War Photographic Propaganda in PM’s Weekly (1940-1941),” Special Issue on War and Photography for Revue d’art canadienne/Canadian Art Review. XXXIX, No. 2 (Fall 2014): 29-42.

Carol Payne, Sheena Ellison, Amos Hayes. Chapter 14: “Mapping Views from the North: Cybercartographic Technology and Inuit Photographic Encounters,” in Fraser Taylor, ed. Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography: Applications and Indigenous Mapping (Elsevior, 2013), 191-200.

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Carol Payne, “The Image of Lincoln,” in The Cambridge Companion to Abraham Lincoln. Shirley Samuels, ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 40–58.

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Carol Payne, “‘You hear it in their voice’:  Photographs and Cultural Consolidation among Inuit Youths and Elders,” in Image and Memory: Oral History and Photography. Alexander Freund and Alistair Thomson, eds. (London: Palgrave Press, 2011 in press), 97-114

Carol Payne, “Through a Canadian Lens: Discourses of Nationalism and Aboriginal Representation in Governmental Photography,” in Jonathan Finn, ed. Visual Communication and Culture: Images in Action (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), chapter 20. (Reprint of 2006 chapter of the same name listed below.)

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“A Land of Youth: Nationhood and the Image of the Child in the National Film Board of Canada’s Still Photography Division” in Depicting Canada’s Children. Loren Lerner, ed. (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2009), 85-107.

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“How Shall We Use These Gifts?” Imaging the Land in The National Film Board of Canada’s Still Photography Division,” in John O’Brian and Peter White, eds. Beyond Wilderness. (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2007), 153-160.

“Negotiating Photographic Modernism in USA: A Quarterly Magazine of the American Scene (1930)”  Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation. Vol. XXIII, No.4 (December 2007): 337-351.

“Lessons with Leah: Re-Reading the Photographic Archive of Nation in The National Film Board of Canada’s Still Photography Division” Visual Studies Vol. 21, No.1 (April 2006): 4-22.

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“Through a Canadian Lens: Discourses of Nationalism and Aboriginal Representation in Governmental Photography,” in Sheila Petty, Annie Gérin, and Garry Sherbert, eds. Canadian Cultural Poesis: An Anthology. (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006), 421-442.

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Co-Editor (with Amy Lyford) and contributor, “Photojournalism, Mass Media and the Politics of Spectacle” special issue of Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation. Vol. XXI, No. 2, (June 2005).