Photographic Arts Council - Los Angeles (PAC-LA) Research Fellowship

Awards up to $2,500 to support research at the Center for Creative Photography in the history of photography.

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  • Isabel Wade is a PhD candidate at the University of Southern California. Funding supported research for Wade's dissertation, Glossy Buildings, Planned Images: Architectural Photography across Contested Spaces in Los Angeles, 1940-1980.


  • Jackson Davidow is a PhD candidate in the History, Theory and Criticism of Art and Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His project titled, Picturing a Pandemic: Global AIDS Activism in Brian Weils’ "Every 17 Seconds", examines HIV/AIDS, art and activism. 


  • Emilie C. Boone is an Assistant Professor of Art History, Department of African American Studies, CUNY New York City College of Technology. During her time at the CCP, she will advance her book manuscript Reconfiguring Time: James Van Der Zee’s Photographs in the 20th Century by engaging in research and writing about photography theory related to what it means to consider a photographer’s work over time.


  • Jacinda Russell is an Associate Professor of Art at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Her project titled The Archival Object in the Digital Era concentrates on the Robert Heinecken Archive as inspiration for new photographic artwork and as the basis for development of an undergraduate photography class.

  • Emilia Mickevicius is a PhD History of Art and Architecture scholar at Brown University, Providence. Her dissertation, Dispassionate Landscapes: Style and Spectatorship in "New Topographics", 1975, re-analyzes one of the most important exhibitions of the 20th century. 


  • Dervla MacManus is a PhD scholar, School of Architecture, University College Dublin, will conduct research at the Center to complete PhD research for her thesis, Nature, Truth and Experience: The Depiction of Architecture in Nineteenth Century Photography (1870-1910). Her project includes the first comprehensive study of Frederick H. Evans’s lantern slides and will draw together the four largest collections of Evans’s slides (the CCP, the CCA, the Spencer Art Museum, and Nottingham University) for the first time. While at the Center, she will study Evans’s lantern slides of Lincoln Cathedral along with his annotated lecture notes.


  • Professor Edward Dimendberg, University of California, Irvine. Project: To complete research on the photography of Max Yavno as part of his book project, Picturing Los Angeles: Infrastructure, Aesthetics, Publics.