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“It is perhaps worth stating the obvious: the camera is central to our understanding of photography.” —John Szarkowski, photographer, curator, historian, and critic
Photography was once thought to be a medium of “truth,” but from Yves Klein’s staged photo Leap into the Void (1960) to today’s Photoshopped magazine covers and Instagram posts, this claim has been disproven again and again. Our mistrust of photography seems to be greater than ever, with calls for protection from drone imaging, omnipresent CCTV, and even unwanted Facebook posts.
Toronto-based art critic Gabrielle Moser and Los Angeles-based artist Jason Gowans discuss how contemporary artists are investigating and incorporating the properties of digital photography and videography, its use as a tool of surveillance, and its overwhelming ubiquity in today’s world.
Admission is free of charge.
The Speaker Series is a co-presentation between Capture Photography Festival and Inform Interiors. The 2016 edition entitled “Writing with Light” brings luminary artists, curators, and researchers together to discuss how lens-based technology is transforming culture.