Tine Guns: The photobook as a visual page turner: a pre- and post-cinema montage story

Doctoral Project

Tine Guns, PhD in the Arts

The PhD research of Tine Guns into the photo album is situated in the border zone between still image and moving image, more specifically between cinema, photography and the book. How can the methods of cinematic montage be translated into the artistic practice of the contemporary photobook? The applied montage strategies for contemporary photobooks will be mapped and be tested against the artists’ books of the modernist avant-garde. Can the photobook in turn inspire contemporary film and image makers to become more aware dealing with editing, both with regard to its formal and ideological implications? In her PhD, Tine Guns brings together existing knowledge and literature around the question of possible montage strategies within the contemporary photobook. Starting from the question of what cinema can mean (or has meant) for the photobook, Guns also hopes to gain insight in the opposite direction so that her artistic practice concerning photobooks can inspire her film practice.


  • Dr. Isole Vanhee (supervisor, KU Leuven/LUCA)
  • Mrs. Inge Ketelers (co-supervisor, LUCA)

Research unit: Image

Duration: 2015 - 2020