Annebella Pollen

Principal Lecturer in the History of Art and Design, University of Brighton

Annebella Pollen is Principal Lecturer in the History of Art and Design. Her research interests and publications span a range of forms and historical periods but are united by their focus on the visual and material culture of everyday life, and the use of the past in popular culture. She is the author of The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift: Intellectual Barbarians (Donlon Books, 2015), which won a 2015 Most Beautiful Book prize from the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, and she curated the 2015-16 exhibition of the same name with Nayia Yiakoumaki of Whitechapel Gallery.

Annebella’s longstanding research interest in the history and ethnography of mass photography has covered the subject of found photos, family albums, vernacular archives, amateur competitions and the photographic industry and is the focus of her book, Mass Photography: Collective Histories of Everyday Life (I. B. Tauris, 2016). Annebella's interest in popular practices in photography intersects with her work on popular image culture more broadly, and includes research on Victorian valentines (Early Popular Visual Culture, 2014), Edwardian picture postcards (Photography and Culture, 2009) and a co-edited publication on the history of the silhouette portrait (University of Brighton, 2013).Research into dress and design histories cuts across many of Annebella's interests. Publications include the co-edited collection with Charlotte Nicklas, Dress History: New Directions in Theory and Practice (Bloomsbury, 2015), and research into historical revivalism and dress reform.


  • –present
    Principal Lecturer in the History of Art and Design, University of Brighton