11/2018 - 

The Left Conference - Lisbon Portugal November 2018

David is Keynote speaker at The Left Conference - Photography and Film Criticism held in Lisbon 10-12 November 2018


05/2017 - 

Endless Book Club in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern

21 May 2017 - Endless Book Club in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern with Elisa Medde, Sarah Allen, Oliver Chanarin, Daniel C. Blight, Felicity Hammond and Marta Barina.

Organised by Bruno Ceschel of Self Publish, Be Happy

03/2017 - 

Researching Photography

Saturday 8th April

Institute of Modern and Contemporary Culture’s one-day symposium on Researching, Writing and Exhibiting Photography, taking place on Saturday 8th April, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm, at the University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 6UW.

Speakers: David Bate (University of Westminster); Benedict Burbridge (Sussex); Sara Davidmann (London College of Communication, in collaboration with Val Williams); Anna Dannemann (Photographer’s Gallery); Christopher Morton (Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford); Russell Roberts (University of South Wales); Karen Shepherdson (Canterbury Christ Church); Kelley Wilder (De Montfort).

This one-day symposium seeks to explore current practices of researching, writing and exhibiting photography, three activities central to the production of knowledge about photography. The symposium will consider the intertwined relationships between these activities from two main standpoints. The first is the ways in which the practices of researching, writing and exhibiting photography draw from, influence and critique one another as they produce our understandings of the photographic. The second is the ways in which the photographic, understood here as technical forms and associated images, operates as a transformative force within society, and in doing so produces the field for researching, writing and exhibiting photography.


11/2016 - 


An image from my MIGRANT series will appear in a second show organised and curated by Zia Fernandez Ibarreche.

The Migrant Image: instead of rushing to photograph migrants as refugees, as victims, and heroic travellers or other designations (I think we know the range of the popular stereotypes of them are already from the news media industries), the aim in this work is to invoke an identification with the place of the migrant. Theimage-text work relates together the transitional space of migrancy with the thought-space of it as text.

MIGRANTS - EVENT - Hive Gallery, Dalston. London Address: HIVE 260

See also Migrants Exhibition: 


http://davidbate.net/assets/files/David Bate - Migrants 1.pdf


06/2016 - 


New essay on 'HABITATION' in EIKON 25th anniversary celebration and launch of "5 x 5. Photo Tracks" Published in ENGLISH/GERMAN

Launched on 27 June 2016

06/2016 - 

MIGRANTS: What does migration mean to you?

David's photographic work is in thsi show, opens 21 June 2016:

MIGRANTS: What does migration mean to you? 


 Facebook Invitation page: 


05/2015 - 


Bungled Memories exhibited in Quiet Moments: Contemporary Poetic Photography at Freemantle Arts, Perth, Australia.  

6 June - 26 July 2015

Quiet Moments: Contemporary Poetic Photography 



http://davidbate.net/http://www.davidbate.net/assets/files/quiet moments Acquittal_.pdf


05/2015 - 

Rovinj PhotoDays 2015

Photo Days speaker and photo judge in photography festival, Rovinj, Croatia. May 2015



09/2014 - 

FIction & Photography Symposium - 8 November 2014

Organised in collaboration with the Science Museum and New Media Space, a one day event on Fiction and Photography. See link for list of speakers.


Event on SoundCloud see weblink below


09/2014 - 

The Photographer and Psychoanalysis - Symposium

Organised by David Bate, 25 October 2014 at University of Westminster, Marylebone Road, London.

Speakesr included: Vincent Dachy, Sharon Kivland, Darian Leader, Patricia Townsend and David Bate. 

08/2014 - 



David is one of the key speakers at the Nida Art Colony PRACTICE PHD Sumer School in Lithuania. The event focused on Jacques Rancière's contributins to the visual arts in works like Aesthetics and Politics, The Emancipated Spectator and The Future of the Image.The Nida Summer School includes participants from Lithuania, Sweden, Finland, Spain, Chilie, Nepal, Canada and the UK,


10/2013 - 

Sheffield Hallan University

David - guest artist lecture on his recent visual work in India in the Photography Department at Sheffield Hallam University, Nivember 2013.

10/2013 - 


This new photography festival in Sunderland and North East England featured David's photogrpahic work from India, displayed  on illuminated billboards in the Metro System. The photowork series, called Notes on Democracy shows scenes from Delhi. The public context of the work questions perceptions between first and third world in contemporary global culture. 

18 October to 16 November 2013 


07/2013 - 

The Art of Walking: A Field Guide

The Art of Walking: a field guide is a new book. The first extensive survey of walking in contemporary art and combines short texts on the subject with a variety of artists works. The guide includes newly commissioned art and writing, and many artists have been actively involved in the design of their respective pages.

Contributors: Marina Abramovic 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: The Photographer’s Gallery, London

David Bate was one of the artists commissioned to make a new 'gif' work for the inaugural exhibition on the 'digital wall' at the Photographers Gallery.

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



12/2012 - 

Photobooks and Visual Narratives at Hasselblad Foundation

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

The three key lecturers were David Bate, Gerry Badger and Bettina Lockemann on Thursday December 6, 2012 at Glashuset, Chalmersgatan 4, Gôthenberg, Sweden. 



10/2012 - 

Death and Space

David Bate was one of four panelists, including Tom Hunter, Andrea Brady and Robert Hampson at this first of four events on Death and the Contemporary organised and chaired by Dr Georgina Colby and Anthony Luvera.  The event was held appropriately in the Deadhouse at Somerset House, London on 23 October 2012.



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://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.