I’m a Professor of Visual Culture in the Department of Art and Media Studies, NTNU. My main research interests include: Photography and archives; materialist media ecology; digitization theory; digitization and museums; copyright issues in/and visual culture. I am currently trying not to start any new projects as I am finishing a long-overdue book.


2006: PhD History of Art, Birkbeck College, University of London

2002: MA History of Art, Birkbeck College, University of London

1998: BA (Hons) Film, Video and Photographic Arts, University of Westminster


Journal articles

Anne-Britt Gran, Nina Lager Vestberg, Peter Booth, and Anne Ogundipe. ‘A Digital Museum’s Contribution to Diversity – a User Study’, Museum Management and Curatorship 34:1 (2019), 58-78. DOI: 10.1080/09647775.2018.1497528

“There Is No Cloud”: Toward a Materialist Ecology of Post-Photography. Captures 1: 1 (2016)

‘Ordering, Searching, Finding’, Journal of Visual Culture 12: 3 (2013)

‘“Ikke sint, bare veldig skuffet”. Om barn, miljø og medieteknologi’ [“Not angry, just very disappointed”. On children, the environment, and media technology], Norsk medietidsskrift 20:4 (2013)

‘Robert Doisneau and the Making of a Universal Cliché’, History of Photography, 35: 2 (2011)

‘Archival value: on photography, materiality and indexicality’, Photographies, 1:1 (2008), 49-65.

‘Photography as cultural memory: imag(in)ing France in the 1950s’,  Journal of Romance Studies, 5:2 (2005), 75-90.


Maxwell, Richard; Raundalen, Jon; Vestberg, Nina Lager, eds. (2015) Media and the Ecological Crisis. Routledge. 2015. [Paperback edition 2017]

Vestberg, Nina Lager; Dahlgren, Anna; Petersson, Dag, eds. (2013) Representational Machines: Photography and the Production of Space. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press (2013)

Book chapters

The Ecology of the Photographic Image: Archives, Power and Materiality. In: (Post)Fotografisches Archivieren. Wandel Macht Geschichte, eds. von Flemming, Victoria; Berndt, Daniel; Bialek, Yvonne.  Weimar: Jonas Verlag (2016)

The photographic image in digital archives. In: The Photographic Image in Digital Culture, ed. Martin Lister. 2nd ed. London: Routledge (2013)

A Photographic Archive of Physics, or a Physical Archive of Photography? Niels Bohr and the Production of Scientific Space(s). In: Representational Machines: Photography and the Production of Space. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press (2013)

Index/Finger: Medium and Materiality in the Archives. In: The Archive as Project – the Poetics and Politics of the (Photo)Archive, ed. Krzysztof Pijarski, Warsaw: Archeologia fotografii (2011)

From the filing cabinet to the internet: digitising photographic libraries. In: Fotografie als Instrument und Medium der Kunstgeschichte, ed. Constanza Caraffa. Berlin: Deutscher Kunstverlag (2009)

Flytande fotografier. Originalitet och upphovsrätt i det digitala arkivet [‘Photographs in flux. Originality and copyright in the digital archive’]. In: I bildarkivet. Om fotografier och digitaliseringens effekter, eds. Anna Dahlgren and Pelle Snickars. Stockholm: Kungl. biblioteket (2009)

Blog Posts


2015–2019: Digitization and Diversity: Potentials and Challenges for Diversity in the Culture and Media Sector – a collaborative project with the Norwegian Business School, Handelshøyskolen BI, supported by the Research Council of Norway through its KULMEDIA programme.




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