‘Photography and its Publics’ is an international symposium that brings together researchers with an interest in photography studies and the public sphere. Leading scholars from Monash University, Durham University, the University of Aberdeen and other institutions will examine how photography is used to constitute the public spheres in different cultural, historical and geographic contexts. As a medium of visibility and a powerful mode address, photography has a unique ability to both reflect and help constitute the public sphere. Photography establishes points of connection, promoting identification with stories, events and others that well exceed the limits of the family and the community, and provides an important means for individuals and groups to become actively involved in how the public is addressed, seen and represented. By examining the historical, social, cultural and political links between photography and the public sphere in different parts of the world, this event will produce a new understanding of the social and political role of photography. It is anticipated that the symposium papers will lead to the production of a new edited volume on these themes.