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Mr Peter Metelerkamp

Mr Peter Metelerkamp

Mr Peter Metelerkamp

Honorary Academic Fellow

Office R6.83
43 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1UU
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 331 8786
Tel. +44 (0) 117 3318448

Research summary

Peter's main areas of personal interest are the cultures and histories of settler presence in Southern Africa, with particular emphasis on rural and agricultural histories and economies. He explores these through documentary still photography and documentary writing.

As a researcher and photographer, he is particularly interested in the way photographs provide a complex vehicle for reflection on, and understanding of, our world, and how the formal properties of pictures convey feelings and ideas. This embraces the social and political meaning of images, the relationship between authorship and objectivity, and issues in documentary process and practice.

In 2007 he completed ...

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I grew up in South Africa, where I studied Philosophy and English. I then studied Film Production in London, and later (after returning to South Africa and as my interests in Education developed) Adult Education. After settling in Bristol, I studied photography, which I also practised for many years, undertaking several major projects. I was Programme Director of the MA in Film and TV Production for 28 years, and alongside personal creative work, have simultaneously pursued enduring interests in the culture and politics of  Southern Africa. I am also deeply committed to education as a force for enlightenment, and I ...

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