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'Future of Photography' examined 'what's next' in the contemporary photography landscape. Panel discussions members included Marc Feustel (Eyecurious blog), Simon Baker (Curator of Photography and International Art, Tate), James Reid (Director of Photography at Wallpaper), Christine Ollier (Artistic Director of Galerie les Filles du Calvaire), Francois Hébel (Director of Les Rencontres d'Arles Festival). The discussion, hosted at the UnSeen Festival, was moderated by Marcel Feil, Artistic Director of FOAM.

Tate Channel: Tate Shots

TateShots is an excellent series of short videos, produced by the Tate, with a focus on modern and contemporary art. 

In Conversation with Sally Mann

It was a pleasure to meet both Sally and Virginia Mann, at the "Sally Mann in conversation with Camilla Brown" session at the National Portrait Gallery last week. The conversation was very engaging. The main topics of discussion centered around "What remains", "Immediate Family" and the wet plate collodian technique followed by a lively discussion on Mann's new body of work which evolves around the theme of slavery/racism/religion. Six "work-in-progress" images were shown for the first time and the London audience were invited to respond. Sally Mann: "The Family and the Land" exhibition is on at  The Photographers Gallery London until 19th September 2010.

Mann S&jpg

image: sherry cuttler

Is Photography Over?

Unknown Untitled [Man reflected in mirrors], n.d. Collection SFMOMA

A very interesting symposium at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art:

From SF MOMA Website:

"Photography has almost always been in crisis. In the beginning, the terms of this crisis were cast as dichotomies: is photography science or art? Nature or technology? Representation or truth? This questioning has intensified and become more complicated over the intervening years. At times, the issues have required a profound rethinking of what photography is, does, and means. This is one of those times. Given the nature of contemporary art practice, the condition of visual culture, the advent of new technologies, and many other factors, what is at stake today in seeing something as a photograph? What is the value of continuing to speak of photography as a specific practice or discipline? Is photography over?

SFMOMA has invited a range of major thinkers and practitioners to write brief responses to this question and then to convene for a two-day summit on the state of the medium. Participants include Vince Aletti, George Baker, Walead Beshty, Jennifer Blessing, Charlotte Cotton, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Geoff Dyer, Peter Galassi, Corey Keller, Douglas Nickel, Trevor Paglen, Blake Stimson, and Joel Snyder.

Their texts will be used to kick off a panel discussion Thursday night. The 13 participants will continue the conversation Friday morning in closed-door sessions and will report back in a public session Friday afternoon.

Read the participants' responses to the question here.

SFMOMA, Phyllis Wattis Theater
Thursday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 23, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m."


This week SFMOMA hosted a major symposium on the current state of the field of photography, with two intensive panel discussions Thursday evening and Friday afternoon. Yesterday's reports are here. The initial texts from the symposium participants are here. Other blog posts addressing the question "Is Photography Over?" can be found here.

James Nachtwey: War Photographer

From Tate Modern website:
In conjunction with the PhotoFilm! screening programme, this symposium explores the wider discourse raised by and around photofilms in the contemporary context of photography, film and digital media.

The changing relationships of stillness and movement and the ways in which we conceive and experience time are considered by distinguished speakers including David Campany, Ian Christie, Raymond Bellour, Laura Mulvey and more.

Also see Photofilm programme here:

Deutsche Börse Photography Prize

As part of its continued hosting of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize the Photographer's Gallery in London will be holding a series of conversations with the shortlisted photographers in March: Anna Fox, Zoe Leonard, Sophie Donovan Wylie Ristelhueber and Donovan Wylie. The exhibition begins at the Photographers Gallery on 12th February 2010. 

Catherine Opie on New Topographics

New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape @ Los Angeles County Museum of Art 25th October 2009- 3rd January 2010

Connections: Image Making History

Conversation Series on Image Making History

  • Neville Brody of Research Studios (this conversation is particularly interesting)
  • Terry Jones of ID Magazine
  • Giorgio De Mitri of Sartoria
  • Erik Kessels of Kessels Kramer

Artist Talks in London

Ed Ruscha:  Fifty Years of Painting  Monday 12th October 2009 at the Hayward Gallery. This is one of five events.

Sara Ramo:  Movable Planes.  11th November 2009 at the Photographers Gallery

Mitch Epstein:  American Power  13th November 2009 at the Photographers Gallery

Max Kozloff: A Few Wrinkles on Portrait Photography:   17th November 2009 at the Photographers Gallery.

In Conversation with JH Engström

© JH Engstrom

Celebrated internationally for his unique style of exploratory and expressive life-based photography, Engström is an experienced giver of workshops, developing the teaching methods of his friend and mentor Anders Petersen, who was himself taught by the great Christer Strömholm. Aged 40, Engström has already created some of the most highly sought after photography books, particularly Trying to Dance, and this summer he consolidated his reputation by winning the Rencontres d'Arles 2009 Book Award with From Back Home, his collaborative project with Anders Petersen.

Talk  7pm Monday 9th November 2009 at Campbell Works Gallery Stoke Newington, Hackney, London.

Workshop Sunday 8th - Thursday 12th November 2009.

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