Professor; History of Photography & Modern Art and The American & New England Studies Program


Professor Kim Sichel teaches photographic history and European/American modernism, with a particular interest in photographic books, photojournalism, and documentary photography. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in modern art and the history of photography. She advises a large number of graduate students studying photography and modern art, as well as advising dissertations in the American and New England Studies Program.

Her most recent book is Making Strange: The Modernist Photobook in France (Yale University Press, 2020). Her most recent article is “Photographers on the Move: Women Report from Africa,” in Andrea Nelson, ed., The New Woman Behind the Camera (Washington: National Gallery of Art, 2020). Previous books include Germaine Krull: Photographer of Modernity (1999), published in English by MIT Press and in German by Schirmer/Mosel Verlag.

Previous publications include Black Boston: Documentary Photography and the African American Experience (1994) — an early examination of African American photographers in Boston; as well as TO FLY: Contemporary Aerial Photography (2007); Germaine Krull/Monte Carlo (2006), Street Portraits 1946-1976: The Photographs of Jules Aarons (2003); Brassai: Paris le jour, Paris la nuit (1988); From Icon to Irony: German and American Industrial Photography (1995); and Mapping the West: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photographs from the Boston Public Library (1992). She has also written essays about Lee Friedlander, André Kertész, Germaine Krull, the New Topographics, interwar European photography, and European women photographing in Africa.

Professor Sichel has served as Chair of the Department of History of Art & Architecture, as Director of the American and New England Studies Program, and as Director of the Boston University Art Gallery. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, and the Boston University Center for the Humanities.”

Curriculum Vitae

Select Publications

Making Strange: The Modernist Photobook in France.
Yale University Press, 2020.
TO FLY: Contemporary Aerial Photography.
Boston University Art Gallery, 2007.
Germaine Krull, Photographer of Modernity.
MIT Press, 1999.