Associate Professor
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
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Brief Biography

Ronnie Close is an associate professor at The American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt. Through visual research projects, workshops, and written publications, close looks at the role of image aesthetics and politics in the contemporary world. He has shown film works in exhibitions, including The Photographers Gallery London, The National Football Museum, Manchester and Brighton Photo Biennial, UK. He has published articles on visual media and critical theory in magazines, journals and newspapers, such as Visual Studies, Philosophy of Photography, Mada Masr, Membrana, Africa is a Country, amongst others. Close has written two monographs, Cairo’s Ultras: Resistance and Revolution in Egypt’s Football Culture, (AUC Press, 2019), which looks at the cultural practices of local football fans and the politics of representation. His second book, Decolonizing the Image, A New History of Photographic Cultures in Egypt (Manchester University Press, 2023), addresses the visual heritage of Egypt. Other book chapters have been featured in edited publications: Disassembled Images: Contemporary Art After Allan Sekula (University of Leuven, 2019), Architecture and Filmmaking (Intellect Books, 2019), Photography Reframed (I.B. Tauris, 2018) and Magazine Press in the 20th Century: A Global History (2023).

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  • Book Chapter

    • Architecture and Filmmaking, Chapter 3 Making Visible, Errant Bodies, Intellect Books Publisher, London/ Chicago

    Journal Article

    • Gendered Visions of Emancipation in Egypt’s Representational Space, Philosophy of Photography Journal, Vol. 3, Winter 12, Intellect Books, United Kingdom

    Film Screening

    • More Out of Curiosity, Invention of the News Media Exhibition, The Photographers Gallery, London, London, United Kingdom


    • More Out of Curiosity, QUAD Arts Gallery, The Pride and the Passion Exhibition, Derby, United Kingdom



    • Practice-based PhD in Photographic Research, 2010, The University of Wales, Newport, United Kingdom
    • Masters in Computer Science Multi-Media Systems, 2002, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
    • BA Hons Visual Communication, 2001, University of Ulster, Belfast, United Kingdom
    • National Diploma in Photography, 1994, Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
Research Interest
  • Photography, Film and Media
  • Visual Culture Theory
  • Image Politics
  • New Visual Communication Technologies