Kerry William Purcell

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Kerry William Purcell is an English author on visual culture and cultural theory.

Born in Cleethorpes, Purcell is a writer, theorist and historian. His first book on the celebrated art director and photographer Alexey Brodovitch was published by Phaidon Press in 2002. This has been followed by his concise biography on the renowned photographer Weegee (Phaidon, London, 2004), his comprehensive study of the Swiss graphic designer Josef Müller-Brockmann (Phaidon, London, 2006). He is also co-editor Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design (2012). His writing has been published in several anthologies. His research is increasingly focused on the philosophy of history and specifically the writings of French philosopher Alain Badiou.

The Last Outpost[edit]

Purcell produces the podcast series The Last Outpost [1]. The podcast is described as 'Interviews from the margins. A podcast that speaks to those who explore the oft ignored, the historically forgotten, the beautiful that is hidden in plain sight, or the just plain exceptional.' Recent interviewees include the designer Wim Crouwel, the sound artist Felicity Ford, and the creator of Scarfolk, Richard Littler.

Grunts & Grapples[edit]

Purcell is the curator of the exhibition on the Golden Age of British Wrestling 'Grunts & Grapples' [2] .


Purcell is Senior Lecturer in Design History at The University of Hertfordshire.

Selected books[edit]

Selected book contributions[edit]

  • Looking at Class: Film, Television and the Working Class in Britain, edited by Sheila Rowbotham and Huw Benyon, Rivers Oram Press. (ISBN 978-1854891211)
  • The Education of a Photographer, edited by Steven Heller and Charles Traub, Allworth Press. (ISBN 978-1581154504)
  • I Heart Design: Remarkable Graphic Design Selected by Designers, Illustrators, and Critics. Edited by Steven Heller, Rockport Publishers Inc. (ISBN 978-1592536825)

Selected magazine articles[edit]

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