Dr Stephanie Schwartz

19th and 20th Century Photography and Photographic Theory, American Visual Culture, Postcolonial Theory, Media Theory, Contemporary Cuban Art

Email: stephanie.schwartz@ucl.ac.uk
Dr Stephanie Schwartz

Stephanie Schwartz teaches courses on the history of photography, with a focus on the documentary work in the United States in the 1930s. Before joining the faculty at UCL, Stephanie was the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the History and Theory of Photography at Bryn Mawr College (2007-2009) and the Research Forum Postdoctoral Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art. (2009-2010). She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2007.

Stephanie is currently completing Cuba Per Diem: Walker Evans In and Out of Time, a book-length study of Walker Evans’s 1933 Cuba portfolio. Offering the first comprehensive study of Evans’s portfolio, the book examines the intersection of documentary work, journalism and political modernism in the US in the 1930s. Evans's interlocutors in this study are not simply Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen. They are also Fredrick Winslow Taylor, Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles. Challenging the claim that Evans was a photographer of the 1930s, Cuba Per Diem draws out a long and varied history of documentary.

Stephanie’s interest in media and politics frames two related projects. The first addresses the work of photographer and filmmaker Paul Strand. Focusing, in particular, on Strand's film work in the late 1930s, this project examines the burgeoning cultures of surveillance in film, radio, photography and theater in the US at the end of the 1930s. Her second research project investigates the resurgence of documentary practices in Cuba following the political and social upheavals of the 1990s. In particular, it examines the ways in which contemporary Cuban artists (Tania Bruguera, Manuel Piña, José Toirac as well as collectives such as ABTV) address the role mass media played in the organization of the Revolution of 1959.

Recent Publications:

Journal Articles

'Writing After', an introduction to 'Modernism After Paul Strand', a special issue of Oxford Art Journal 38. no. 1 (March 2015): 1-10.

'Late Work: Walker Evans and Fortune ', Oxford Art Journal 38, no. 1 (March 2015): 117-141.

'Paul Strand's Living Labor', ARTMargins 2, no. 3 (October 2013): 3-30.

"Tania Bruguera: Between Histories', Oxford Art Journal 35, no. 2 (June 2012): 215-232.

Chapters in Books

'Is This What Democracy Looks Like? Tania Bruguera and the Politics of Performance', in The Companion to Modern and Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art , forthcoming.


'Making the News', International New Media Gallery http://www.inmg.org/close/catalogue/

‘The Long Take’, Monumento máquina: Jorge Ribalta (Cáceres: Centro José Guerreo y Fundación Helga de Alvear, 2015): 82-99, 272-281.

'This Ain't The Swiss Family Robinson', Photoworks 20 (October 2013): 146-153.

'Between Labour and Intellect: Jorge Ribalta's Anonymous Work', Philosophy of Photography 3, no. 2 (2013): 358-365.


'Another Walker Evans: Photography, Writing and the Magazine Page', an interview with David Campany, in Krakow Photomonth Festival (Krakow, 2014), 36-65. (Reprinted in Photography & Culture 7, no. 2 (July 2014): 189-198.)

'Documentary's Future Past: A Conversation with Jorge Ribalta', Photoworks 18 (May 2012): 50-57. (Reprinted in Spanish in Luna Córnea 34 (2013): 324-339.)

'Chronicles: A Conversation with Manuel Piña', Third Text 110 (May 2011): 361-383.

Book Reviews

'Our Future', a review of Steve Edwards, Martha Rosler: The Bowery in two inadequate descriptive systems , Art Journal 72, no. (Summer 2013): 124-126.

'Beyond Looking', a review of Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera, edited by Sandra Phillips and Jonathan Finn, Capturing the Criminal: From Mug Shot to Surveillance Society, Oxford Art Journal 33, no. 3 (November 2010): 389-92.

'Pictures, Again', a review of Words without Pictures, edited by Charlotte Cotton and Alex Klein, Art Journal 68, no. 4 (Winter 2009): 87-9.


'Retracing America: Modernism After Paul Strand', co-organized with Barnaby Haran with generous support from the Terra Foundation for American Art, UCL, March 8-9, 2013. For more information, please visit Retracing America or www.retracingamerica.co.uk


A list of publications is available from UCL's Institutional Research Information Service via the Iris link below.