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Marco Bohr is the Postgraduate Programme Director for the Arts at Loughborough University. Originally from Germany, Marco holds a BFA in Image Arts from Ryerson University, Toronto, a Masters of Photography from the Royal College of Art and a Masters in the History of Art with specialism on early Japanese photography from SOAS, University of London.

In 2011 Marco was awarded a PhD from the University of Westminster for a theoretical thesis that investigates contemporary Japanese photography. The thesis examines the work of a new generation of female photographers who emerged during the social, economic and political shifts of the post-bubble era (1990-1999). Before he joined Loughborough University in 2012, Marco was Visiting Fellow at The Australian National University in Canberra where he taught photography theory and practice.

As practising photographer Marco has exhibited his work in several museums and galleries such as Musée de l'Élysée, Arc en Rêve Centre d’Architecture, Mummery+Schnelle, Gallery 44, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Japan Foundation, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Photo Gallery International Tokyo, Contemporary Art Center Mito, FoMu and the Liverpool Biennale. Marco’s photographs have been published in the Harvard Design Magazine, Le Monde diplomatique and the book reGeneration: 50 photographers of tomorrow.

In addition to his academic research, Marco has written articles on photography and visual culture for a number of publications which include Photoworks, FOAM, Source, TIME Magazine’s LightBox Blog and the Photomonitor. Marco is an active user of social media including TwitterTumblr and LinkedIn. His own blog, which functions as a platform for emerging research interests, can be found at visualcultureblog.com.

Since 2016 Marco provides trend analysis to the global strategic insight and innovation consultancy Kantar Futures, based in New York.

Marco was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate of Special Study in Supporting Learning from the University of Westminster in 2008 and has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2013. With Dr. Alexandre Christoyannopoulos from the Department of Politics, History and International Relations, Marco has been awarded a Teaching Innovation Award in 2016 for the project ‘Blogging in and Beyond the University: A Pilot Study’.

From 2017 to 2020 Marco took on the role as External Examiner for the MA Photography programme at the University of Brighton.

Marco teaches on the following modules:

Undergraduate

SAB804 - Locating Practice: Interpreting Environments and Audiences

Postgraduate

SAP004 - Exploring Materials Processes and Techniques

SAP009 - Final Project

Marco’s research interest is situated within his practice as photographer and his theoretical interest in photography as an academic subject. His interests extend to cinema in periods of ideological shifts, the relationship between photography and cinema, and the globalization of photography via the internet. Marco has delivered academic papers at Yale University, University of California Berkeley, University of Turku and Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto.

Marco has contributed to a number of edited volumes such as The Contemporary Visual Studies Reader, Frontiers of Screen History, On Perfection, Films on Ice: Cinemas of the Arctic as well as the book series Directory of World Cinema and the book series World Film Locations. Marco has also contributed to the Dandelion Journal, the exhibition catalogue for Modernity Stripped Bare held at the University of Maryland and the artist book Kim Jong Il Looking at Things published by Jean Boîte Éditions. Marco is on the editorial board for the journal East Asian Journal of Popular Culture.

In 2016 Marco was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship (Short-Term) from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science for his ongoing research on the photographic representation of post-tsunami landscapes. The bid was jointly developed in collaboration with Dr. Yumi Takenaka from the Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto. In previous years external funding was secured from the Japan Foundation, the cultural organisation EU Japan Fest and the Canada Council for the Arts. For the duration of his PhD research at the University of Westminster, Marco received a full AHRC scholarship awarded by the Centre for Research and Education in Art and Education CREAM.

With Dr. Basia Sliwinska from Middlesex University, Marco is currently working on an edited book titled ‘The Evolution of the Image: Political Action and the Digital Self’. Under contract with Routledge the book is expected to be published in 2017.

From 2017 to 2020, Marco is a Co-Investigator for the GCRF Global Challenges Research Fund project ‘Transitions in African Cities Leveraging Evidence for Diet-Related Non-Communicable Diseases’ lead by Professor Michelle Holdsworth at the University of Sheffield. Funded by the Medical Research Council, this is an interdisciplinary partnership of ten co-applicants from five academic institutions across Ghana, Kenya and the UK. In collaboration with Professor Paula Griffiths from Loughborough University, Marco facilitates ‘photovoice’ which is a research method that combines photography with grass roots social action.

Marco is keen to collaborate on interdisciplinary funding bids and can be contacted at any time for enquiries. 

Completed PhDs:

Dr. Lingqi Kong: ‘A Critical Analysis of Local and Global Cultural Factors in Graphic Wayfinding Design – A Case Study of Beijing’, Loughborough University, Internal Examiner and Chair of Viva Voce in 2016.

Dr. Anne Burns: ‘Selfie Control: Online Discussion of Women's Photographic Practices as a Gendered Form of Social Discipline’, Loughborough University, Internal Examiner and Chair of Viva Voce in 2015.

Dr. Conohar Scott: ‘The Photographer as Environmental Activist: Politics, Ethics and Beauty in the Struggle for Environmental Remediation’, Loughborough University, Internal Examiner and Chair of Viva Voce in 2015.

Dr. Hung Ky Nguyen: ‘Aesthetics of ambiguity and mystery in late 20th century Japanese posters’, Curtin University, Perth, External Examiner in 2014.

 

Current PhDs:

Jaakko Karhunen – PhD on Deleuze, Guattari and the Production of Subjectivity, co-supervised with Dr. Gillian Whiteley

Janet Harrison – PhD on the wartime photographs of Lee Miller, co-supervised with Professor Marsha Meskimmon

Ling Hou – PhD on Service Design and Networked Images in Museums, co-supervised with Dr. Kathy Lo

Marco welcomes inquiries regarding PhD supervision.

Marco has been the Postgraduate Programme Director for the Arts since October 2015. Three MA programmes are under his remit: MA Art & Design (Studio Practice), MA Graphic Design and Visualisation and MA Animation for Health and Wellbeing. Since taking over this role, Marco has instituted a number of major changes which include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • improved communication channels with the Admissions Office
  • a commitment to reply to applicants within three business days of receiving their portfolio and project proposal
  • guidance notes and a video that explain the project proposal form to applicants
  • promotional videos for two of our MAs
  • establishing a international recruitment strategy with the International Office

Changes within the MA programmes include the merging of four 15-credit modules into two 30-credit modules to create a more streamlined learning pathway, annual degree show catalogues, and, with the support of the School’s and the University’s Operations Management, the opening up of a new postgraduate study space with six high-end Macs.

Partially as a result of these changes, by March 2017 applications to the three MAs have risen by more than 250% compared to the same time in 2015. Rather than increasing the cohort by the same amount, however, the current recruitment of postgraduate students seeks to better align with the University strategy in two important ways: achieving international recognition with a clear focus on diversifying the nationalities within the cohort, as well as a high-quality student experience by choosing only top applications.

In parallel to his role as Postgraduate Programme Director for the Arts, Marco has embarked on a three-year Leadership and Management course (ILM Level 5 Certificate) provided by Staff Development at Loughborough University. Participation in this course meant that Marco could plan for, and institute as well as analyse, the various changes described above as part of his on-going coursework. With guest speakers such as Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Chris Linton and the Director of Finance, Andy Stephens, units completed thus far include the following:

  • Understanding Financial Management
  • Making a Financial Case
  • Managing Improvement
  • Understanding the Management Role to Improve Management Performance
  • Human Resource Management/Managing Recruitment

Marco is on track to complete the course in April 2018.