David Alan Mellor

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David Alan Mellor is a British curator, professor and writer.

Life and Career[edit]

David Mellor — as he was called before he wanted to avoid confusion with the politician of the same name — studied art at Sussex University under Quentin Bell. When Asa Briggs, also a professor there at the time, received the archive of Mass-Observation from Tom Hopkinson, he gave Mellor the job of sorting it.[1]

Exhibitions curated by Mellor include Paradise Lost: The New Romantic Imagination in Britain (Barbican, 1987); The Sixties (1993);[1] and Co-Optic & Documentary Photography Group (Brighton Photo Biennial, 2014).[2] As a professor of art at Sussex University, his students included Jeremy Deller.[1] In 2005, Mellor won the Royal Photographic Society's J. Dudley Johnston Award.[3]

Books by Mellor[edit]

Books with contributions by Mellor[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Chris Arnot, David Alan Mellor: Image Maker, The Guardian 1 March 2005; accessed 2010-10-22.
  2. ^ "Co-Optic & Documentary Photography Group|BPB14", Brighton Photo Biennial. Accessed 2 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Art history professor recognised for contribution to photography, University of Sussex, 4 October 2005; accessed 2010-10-22.