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Andrew Moisey

Assistant Professor

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley


My current research investigates how photography became an art that deals with philosophical problems. The book project, The Photographic World Picture, shows how four artists--one early modern and three contemporary--took pictures that reflected prevalent philosophical views of their time. It describes how Newtonian mechanics shaped Canaletto's cityscapes, how structuralism favored Bernd and Hilla Bechers' industrial typologies, and how Andreas Gursky's large-scale digital photographs could describe globalization. Each development needed photography's "subjective" point of view on the ground to seem like an "objective" view of the world at large, and I show how this unlikely advance in the art happened. My work in the history of photography is strongly informed by my extensive work as a photographic artist. I will soon be publishing an article on the development a visual warning for buried radioactive waste, and my second book will develop a theory of value for visual studies. I received my Ph.D. in 2014 from U.C.Berkeley in Film and Media Studies.


  • American Studies Program
  • History of Art and Visual Studies

Graduate Fields

  • History of Art, Archaeology and Visual Studies


History and theory of photography, moving image media, photographic practice, digital media, modern image culture, affect theory, philosophy of mind, value, and aesthetics