Position title: Ph.D. Candidate
Gabriel Chazan’s research largely focuses on the history of photography, modern and contemporary. His work centers questions of representation, drawing from interdisciplinary engagements including with queer theory and psychoanalysis. Before arriving at UW–Madison, Gabriel completed his MA at University College London (UCL). While there, he wrote the MA thesis “Sontag, Etcetera: Towards a Queer and Intersubjective Portrait Photography,” which conceptualized an idea of a “queer gaze” in portraiture through a close analysis of several photographs of the American writer Susan Sontag. He completed his BA at Sarah Lawrence College and Oxford University (Sarah Lawrence Program) where he wrote a BA thesis on Berenice Abbott. Gabriel is also engaged in public writing on art and literature, reviewing on his newsletter The Expanded Field and Cleaver Magazine.
Here are some of Gabriel’s reviews:
“WAYWARD LIVES, BEAUTIFUL EXPERIMENTS: INTIMATE HISTORIES OF SOCIAL UPHEAV-AL by Saidiya Hartman,” Cleaver Magazine, 2019.
“EVERYDAY MADNESS: On Grief, Anger, and Love by Lisa Appignanesi,” Cleaver Magazine, 2018.
“BEFORE PICTURES by Douglas Crimp,” Cleaver Magazine, 2016.
“THE ARGONAUTS by Maggie Nelson,” Cleaver Magazine, 2015.
Jill H. Casid
AH 355: History and Theory of Photography