Simon Dell has published in the fields of twentieth-century art history, design history and the history of photography. His principal research is focused on aspects of visual culture in France during the 1920s and 1930s, extending from the avant-garde to anonymous photojournalism. He has also worked on site specificity and sculptural practice after 1960s minimalism. He is currently researching the place of art in the relationship between twentieth-century France and its colonies.
Before coming to UEA in 2000, Simon taught at the University of St Andrews, Bath Spa University and the Courtauld Institute of Art.
BA Art History, Courtauld Institute of Art, 1992
PhD in Art History, Courtauld Institute of Art, 1995
After the Portrait?: N.E. Thing Co.’s Portfolio of Piles,
in Paper Cities : Urban Portraits in Photographic Books.
ISBN 9789462700581Full Text
Yeyap’s resources: Representation and the arts of the Bamum in Cameroon and France, 1902-1935,
in World Art and the Legacies of Colonial Violence.
ISBN 978-1-4094-5588-2Full Text UEA Repository
On the Difficult Conjunction of "Worker" and "Photography" in France,
in The Worker Photography Movement:1926-1939: Essays and Documents.
Museo nacional centro de arte, Reina SofiaFull Text UEA Repository
Immediacy and Mediation: The Press, the Popular Front in France and the Spanish Civil War,
in The Mexican Suitcase: The Rediscovered Spanish Civil War Negatives of Capa, Chim and Taro.
International Photography CentreFull Text UEA Repository
On Location: Art, Space and Place in the 1960s,
On Location: Siting Robert Smithson and his Contemporaries,
Black Dog Publishing
ISBN 9781906155599UEA Repository
The Image of the Popular Front in France: The Masses and the Media in interwar France,
ISBN 0230003281UEA Repository
Love and Surrealism: Rene Magritte and Andre Breton in 1929,
in Word and Image
pp. 214-222UEA Repository
Internationalismus und die Kultur der Volksfront: John Heartfield und die Fotomontage,
in Kultur als Fenster zu einem besseren Leben und Arbeiten.
Aisthesis Verlag: Bielefeld
ISBN 3895284432UEA Repository
On the Metaphor and Practice of Photography: Social Realism, the Popular Front in France and the Dynamics of Cultural Unity,
in History of Photography
pp. 52-60UEA Repository
Key Research Interests
Photography, with special reference to France and the United States
The relation of the visual and political in interwar Europe
Art practice and new media after 1960
Current Research Projects
Dr Dell is currently researching the worker photography movement in France.
American art and American photography
Problems of art historical method
Dr Dell is interested in supervising research students working on the relationship between art and historical process in the twentieth century, with particular reference to interwar Europe and to shifts in art practice after 1960.
Doctoral dissertations supervised:
Women, Painting and Critical Practice in Britain, 1984-1992 (2001)
‘Claude Cahun’ – Published/Unpublished: The Textual Identities of Lucy Schwob 1914-1944 (2003)
A Context for Fascist Art and Culture: An Examination of Debates in Critica Fascista 1923-1943 (2008)
Death and Performance Art
Examples of modules taught
After Modernism: Art and New Media 1955-1975
American Art and Photography 1900-1950
Gender and Modernism 1900-1939
Archaeology/Contemporary Art (with Dr Joanne Clarke)
- Director of Admissions (from 2009-10 academic year)