Görgen Carolin

Posted on September 28, 2019


Research themes

  • American photography
  • History of California and the American West
  • Photographic archives
  • Material culture studies
  • American history (19th and 20th centuries)

Current Project

I am currently working on the transformation of my dissertation into a book manuscript.

The book will cover the history of the California Camera Club and its impact on the visual identity of the American West around the 1900s.

Education and Academic Positions

  • 2012 Bachelor of Arts (American Studies), Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • 2014 Master of Arts (American History), Université Paris Diderot
  • 2014 New York University, summer fellow in art history
  • 2018 PhD (American Studies and Art History), Université Paris Diderot & École du Louvre, supervised by François Brunet and Dominique de Font-Réaulx
  • Dissertation title: ‘Out here it is different’ – The California Camera Club and community imagination through collective photographic practices. Toward a critical historiography, 1890-1915.
  • 2014-2018 – teaching assistant (creative writing, American art, and translation), Department of English, Université Paris Diderot
  • Since September 2019 – teaching assistant (American history, translation), Department of Applied Languages, Université Paris Nanterre.

Administrative Responsibilities

Co-organizer of the bilingual international seminar Camera Memoria on the histories of photography in the English-speaking world


      • 2020 ”The Pacific Coast Photographer — A Treasure of Early Western Photo-History’’, Blog of the California Historical Society, June 2020
      • 2019 Interfaces – Image Text Language, no. 41 “Images/Memories”
        Article “’San Francisco on a thousand plates’ – New perspectives on photo-historical research around 1900 through the lens of the California Camera Club.”
      • 2019 Journal of the LUCAS Graduate Conference (Leiden University), no. 7
        Article: “’Bring your Camera’ – The Western American landscape through California Camera Club practice in the early 1900s.”
      • 2018 Transbordeur – Photographie Histoire Société, no. 2
        Article: “’Des cendres à la nouvelle métropole.’ Le California Camera Club et la reconstruction photographique de San Francisco au lendemain du tremblement de terre et de l’incendie de 1906.”
      • 2017 Histoire de l’Art, no. 80
        Article: “Historiens du territoire et de la pratique : Les photographes du California Camera Club.”