Daniel Palmer is Associate Dean of Research and Innovation in the School of Art at RMIT University.
Daniel Palmer's research and professional practice focuses on contemporary art and cultural theory, with a particular emphasis on photography and digital media. Prior to joining RMIT in 2018, Palmer was Associate Dean of Graduate Research and Associate Professor in the Art History & Theory Program at Monash Art, Design & Architecture. He also has a long association with the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne, first as a curator and later on the board of management.
Palmer's book publications include Photography and Collaboration: From Conceptual Art to Crowdsourcing (Bloomsbury 2017); Digital Light (Open Humanities Press, 2015), edited with Sean Cubitt and Nathaniel Tkacz; The Culture of Photography in Public Space (Intellect 2015), edited with Anne Marsh and Melissa Miles; Twelve Australian Photo Artists (Piper Press, 2009), co-authored with Blair French; and Photogenic (Centre for Contemporary Photography, 2005). His scholarly writings on photography and contemporary art have appeared in journals such as Photographies, Philosophy of Photography, Angelaki, Reading Room and the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art. Palmer has also published over sixty catalogue essays and fifty art reviews since 1997, in art magazines including Art and Australia, Photofile and Frieze.
Palmer has been the recipient of various awards and grants, and has been Chief Investigator on multiple ARC projects, including the ARC Discovery Project 'Genealogies of Digital Light' (2008–11) with Sean Cubitt and Les Walkling; an ARC Linkage Project 'Photography as a Crime' (2009–2012) with Anne Marsh, Melissa Miles, Mark Davison and the Centre for Contemporary Photography; and the ARC Discovery Project 'Curating Photography in the Age of Photosharing'; (2015–2017) with Martyn Jolly.
- PhD University of Melbourne, 2004
- BA Hons, University of WA, 1996
- Committee Member, Monash University Museum of Art, 2010–2017
- Victorian Representative, Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, 2017–Current
- Board Member, Centre for Contemporary Photography, 2006–2015
- Secretary of International Association of Art Critics (AICA), Australian Section, 2008–2014
- Director, Melbourne International Arts Festival, 2006–2008
- Palmer, D. (2019). Contingent Communities: Simon Terrill's Crowd Series In: Simon Terrill: Crowd Theory 2004-18 Melbourne, Australia
- Palmer, D. (2018). Ryoji Ikeda: The aesthetics of data flow In: Artlink Issue 38.3 Adelaide, Australia
- Palmer, D. (2017). Photography and Collaboration, Bloomsbury Academic, London, United Kingdom
- Cubitt, S.,Palmer, D.,Walkling, L. (2015). Enumerating photography from spot meter to CCD In: Theory, Culture and Society, 32, 245 - 265
- Cubitt, S.,Palmer, D.,Tkacz, N. (2015). Introduction: Materiality and Invisibility In: Digital Light, Open Humanities Press, London, United Kingdom
- Palmer, D. (2015). Lights, Camera, Algorithm: Digital Photography's Algorithmic Conditions In: Digital Light, Open Humanities Press, London, United Kingdom
- Palmer, D. (2015). The Self Portrait in Australian Photography In: The Photograph and Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
- Palmer, D. (2015). Google Street View and Photography in Public Space In: The Culture of Photography in Public Space, Intellect , Bristol, United Kingdom
- Palmer, D. (2014). Australian video art since 2000 In: Video Void: Australian Video Art, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, Australia
- Palmer, D. (2014). Photography as Social Encounter: Three Works by Micky Allan, Sophie Calle and Simryn Gill In: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, , 199 - 213
- Curating Photography in the Age of Photo Sharing. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects 2015 from (2015 to 2019)