Acme Studios — Gil Pasternak

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Gil Pasternak

Adrian Carruthers Award

Gil Pasternak is an Associate Professor – Research / Reader in Social and Political Photographic Cultures in the Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC) and Programme Leader of MA in Photographic History at De Montfort University (UK). In addition, he serves as a member of AHRC Peer Review College Academic & International (2020-2023); Co-director of Ph: The Photography Research Network; Project Leader of the European Commission funded research programme Digital Heritage in Cultural Conflicts (2018-2021); Visiting Professor in Vehbi KOÇ Ankara Research Center at Koç University, Turkey (2020/21); and Senior Visiting Researcher and Collections Advisor at the State Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation (2021/22).

Investigating intersections of photography with politics and cultural heritage practices, much of Gil’s research draws on his past professional experience as photojournalist, fine art photographer, photography instructor and photography archivist. Alongside writings on photographic historiography, his key publications focus on individual and public deployments of private, family, amateur and archival photographs, in contexts such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israeli society, twentieth-century Poland, and the histories of Polish Jewry from the interwar to the post-communist era. Most recently he published the edited books Visioning Israel–Palestine: Encounters at the Cultural Boundaries of Conflict (2020), The Handbook of Photography Studies (2020) and a special issue of the journal Photography & Culture titled “Photography in Transitioning European Communist and Post-Communist Histories” (2019).

Adrian Carruthers Award

The Adrian Carruthers Award is a partnership between Acme and the Slade School of Fine Art, funded by the Adrian Carruthers Memorial Fund and Acme. Aiming to provide a bridge between art school and professional practice, the award includes a generous bursary, rent-free studio space and a mentoring programme. Recipients of Acme’s Early Career Awards Programme work from shared studios in order to encourage an environment of peer support and critical dialogue.