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 areas include mass photography and popular image culture, and histories of craft, design and dress, especially in relation to cultural politics. She is the author of The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift: Intellectual Barbarians (2015), which won a 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 research in photography has covered the subject of found photos, family albums, vernacular archives, amateur competitions and the photographic industry; this work underpins her book, Mass Photography: Collective Histories of Everyday Life (2016) and her co-edited collection with Ben Burbridge, Photography Reframed (2018).
Annebella's interest popular image culture includes publications on Victorian valentines, Edwardian picture postcards and the history of the silhouette portrait.

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 (2015), and articles on historical dress reform.

Experience

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