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Diana Kamin

Diana Kamin

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Martino Hall, Room 712


PhD, Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University
BA, Art History, Georgetown University

Biography and Research Interests

Diana Kamin's broad research interests include intersections of visual culture and information history. Her current book, Picture-Work: How Libraries, Museums, and Stock Agencies Launched a New Image Economy, forthcoming from MIT Press, identifies the ways in which the practical work of building 20th century image collections lay the groundwork for today’s circulation of images as mobile capital. Her teaching draws on community engaged learning and emphasizes explorations of ethics and policy across media

Selected Publications

Picture-Work: How Libraries, Museums, and Stock Agencies Launched a New Image Economy (forthcoming, MIT Press, 2023)

“Romana Javitz,” The Ghost Reader: Recovering Women’s Contributions to Media Studies (forthcoming, Goldsmiths Press, 2022)

“Total Recall: Diana Kamin on the New York Public Library’s Picture Collection” Artforum (August 30, 2021)

“Cards, Cabinets, and Compression in Early Stock Photography,”Information & Culture 56, no. 3 (Fall 2021)

“Mid-Century Visions, Programmed Affinities: The Enduring Challenges of Image Classification,” Journal of Visual Culture (December 2017) 

“The Wojnarowicz Challenge: Part I,” Voices of Contemporary Art (September 2017) 

"Between Archived, Shredded and Lost/Found: Erasure in Digital and Artistic Contexts," Media-N Special Issue: Aesthetics of Erasure 11(1) (Spring 2015). (With Ella Klik) 

Frequent reviewer for Art in America

Courses Taught

Communication Ethics and the Public Sphere
Freedom of Expression
Fundamentals of Communication and Media Studies
History and Culture of Advertising
Photography, Identity, Power