Photographs are unusually rich objects of inquiry and media for communication. As photographs capture detail indiscriminately, they always contain far more than the photographer intends. Diverse perspectives approach photographs in different ways: they are fine art objects, historical records, and chemical traces all at once, conveying both concrete, stable evidence and possibilities for infinite interpretation.

An interdisciplinary research environment has been developing around these issues in recent years at Lund University, with contributions from disciplines across the University as well as community partners.

In April 2019, the Department of Sociology at Lund University in cooperation with Landskrona Foto hosted the exhibition Pierre Bourdieu In Algeria: Testimonies of Uprooting. In connection to the exhibition the Department of Sociology arranged the conference photography and /as knowledge with the purpose of exploring photography as a base for knowledge in both cultural heritage and research.