10/2013 - 

next event: Sheffield, November


10/2013 - 

The Social: Photography Festival

THE SOCIAL: ENCOUNTERING PHOTOGRAPHY festival in Sunderland and the Nort East of England hosts a range on new and established photographers.

18 October to 16 November 2013 


New work by David Bate from the series India: Notes on Democracy is included in this festival. The full body of work is suite of images, a meditation on the idea of 'democracy' stimulated by the experience of his recent visit to Delhi, India.  The ones featured here in the festival are show as a 'public art' project, visible on the Newcastle Metro illuminated billboards system. The project aims to disrupt the usual habit of billboards as the consumption of advertising messages and to disturb 'normal' notions of social space and street culture. The pictures enable a reflection on perceptions of what differences are between first and third world street spaces. In this way the pictures enable a direct contrast between the photographic image of a street and an actual street to bring about a different view of  ‘the street’, to consider the local location, culture and environment. Through curiosity the photowork can challenge a range of (perhaps unpredictable) assumptions we make about our own environment and the preconceptions of what ‘other’ street environments are like.


07/2013 - 

The Art of Walking

The Art of Walking: a field guide is the first extensive survey of walking in contemporary art. Combining short texts on the subject with a variety of artists work, The Art of Walking provides a new way of looking at this everyday subject.

The guide includes newly commissioned art and writing, and many artists have been actively involved in the design of their respective pages. Contributors include Marina Abramovi? and Ulay, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Francis Alÿs, And While London Burns, Keith Arnatt, Franko B, David Bate, Dara Birnbaum, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Janet Cardiff, Marcus Coates, Jeremy Deller, Tim Edgar, Christian Edwardes, Jan Estep, Simon Faithfull, Alec Finlay, Hamish Fulton, Regina José Galindo, Al Gebra, Mona Hatoum, Akira Kanayama, Oleg Kulik, Peter Liversidge, Long March Project, Richard Long, Melanie Manchot, Conor McGarrigle, Bruce Nauman, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Ingrid Pollard, Simon Pope, Chloé Regan, Sophy Rickett, Fiona Robinson, Matthias Sperling and Siobhan Davies Studios, Susan Stockwell, Krzysztof Wodiczko and Catherine Yass.



03/2013 - 

GIF: Born in 1987 work at the Photographer’s Gallery, London.

David Bate has new work in the inaugural exhibition display on the 'digital wall' at the Photographers Gallery

GIF, Born in 1987, Photographer’s Gallery, London, 2012



12/2012 - 

Visual Narratives & Photobooks at Hasselblad Foundation

The Hasselblad Foundation, University of Gothenburg and photography at Valand Academy host the symposium on Photobooks and Visual Narratives

Lecturers: Gerry Badger, Bettina Lockemann and David Bate

Thursday December 6, 2012  1-5.30pm?Glashuset, Chalmersgatan 4, Courtyard entrance, Gôthenberg, Sweden. 



10/2012 - 

Death and Space


Death and Space at the Deadhouse, Somerset House, 23 October, 2012. Panelists include David BateAndrea BradyRobert Hampson and  Tom Hunter. Event organised and chaired by Georgina Colby and Anthony Luvera. teh first of four events on death and he contemporary


For more details see




06/2012 - 

'On the couch’ in Ljubljana

David Bate in Ljubljana. With the translation of Photography: Key Concepts into Slovenian he will be in conversation about the book and contemporary photography. ‘On the couch’ at the Kino Siska. Monday 11 June 2012.






01/2012 - 

Helsinki Photomedia Comference

Keynote Speakers are Ariella Azoulay, David Bate and Charlotte Cotton at the inaugural Helsinki Photomedia Research Conference.

28-30 March 2012, School of Art & Design, Helsinki, Finland


01/2012 - 

There Is Here Symposium

A one-day symposium exploring the role of photography in ideas about cultural hybridity, globalisation and modernity.

To be held at the Sainsbur Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich 3 February 2012.



09/2011 - 

Newcastle - Artist Talk

University of Newcastle Public Lecture


08/2011 - 

09/2010 - 

Japanese translation of book

Photography: Key Concepts in now translated into Japenese, published in Japan with the prestigious Tokyo publisher Film Art

http://www.davidbate.net/assets/files/COMING SOON FLYER-1.pdf


11/2009 - 

Writing Photography Now?

Book launch and Public Discussion at the Photographers Gallery, London on 24 November at 7pm

See the Photographers Gallery website for details.


11/2009 - 

Public Talk at IGRS

 IGRS (Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies): Photography Research Seminar

The Clinical Picture ?The photographs of hysterics made by Jean Charcot's clinic have been subject to at least four different interpretations. Firstly there was the discourse of clinical pictures initiated by Jean Charcot the neurologist, then the photographs were championed by the surrealists as a supreme 'expression', thirdly taken up by feminist theory in relation to psychoanalysis and recently by Ulrich Bauer in relation to 'trauma'. This talk re-evaluates the photographs via a return to their original context of the clinic and hysteria to reconsider what kind of expressive gestures are involved in these photographs and what kind of meanings have been constructed via the image, body and language.

Dr David Bate  Monday 9 November, 2009 Time: 6-8pm


09/2009 - 

Portfolio Magazine 50

The special 50th issue of Portfolio magazine had 50 of the UK’s key visual artist/photographers. AUS-09 is included in this celebratory issue and an  essay on the last decades of exhibition photography.


08/2009 - 

Photography: Key Concepts published

David Bate's new book Photography: Key Concepts is now available, published by Berg (Oxford & New York), July 2009.


06/2009 - 


Website launched June 2009

03/2009 - 

David Bate in Helsinki

02/2009 - 

Exhibition in Ostend

David Bate's work (from Zero Culture) included in Gerry Smith's self-curated exhibition in Ostend.