Panel Discussion

Writing with Light: Form and Function—The Sinister in Photography

“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.

Art critic Gabrielle Moser and 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.

Doors at 5 pm; talk at 6 pm sharp.

Writing with Light talks are FREE and open to the public, though RSVP is required: [email protected]

Capture Photography Festival and Inform jointly inaugurate an annual speaker series entitled Writing with Light that explores the state of photography today. Convening luminary artists, curators, and researchers will discuss how lens-based technology is transforming culture.

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