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Conference: The Future of Photography and Photographic Collections

The technological upheaval in photography has not only called into question the definition of photography, but also fundamentally altered the profession of photographer and the use of the medium. 

The complete digitalization of the medium, its production and distribution of images, has shaken - at least in the perception of the broad public - a fundamental understanding of photography as authentic. It has clearly transformed traditional documentary and photojournalism working methods and forced their “migration” into an artistic context. 

On the other hand, new actors are entering into play; activists and “citizens’ journalists”, who comment on events with their digital photos and videos on their blogs.

The Museum Folkwang and the Wüstenrot Stiftung are together organizing a symposium in order to discuss, for the first time, the future prospects of photography in a transnational perspective. The questions about the future of photography, which will be produced almost exclusively digitally, is therefore also directed at the curators of existing collections which value not only artistically motivated photographs. Which photos from the area of applied photography are left from the digital production process? What does it mean to collect photographic originals – the original file, the total of its publication, a large framed print? Is our cultural infrastructure prepared for this change, or will applied photographic practice – which, looking back to the 20th century, has always inspired artistic production – no longer help to define the collective pictorial memory?

For more information and to register see: http://www.museum-folkwang.de/en/exhibitions/future-exhibitions/der...

Speakers
- Rahaab Allana, Alkazi Collection, New Delhi
- Charlotte Cotton, National Media Museum, Bradford
- Heba Farid, Kairo/Cairo
- Katharina Garbers-von Boehm, CMS Hasche Sigle, Berlin
- Maryam Jafri, New York/Copenhagen
- Aglaia Konrad, Brüssel
- Adrian Sauer, Leipzig
- Clare Strand, London
- Guy Tillim, Johannesburg
- Artur Walther, The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm/New York

Terms
April 27, 2012, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m
April 28, 2012, 10 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. 

Please find detailled information on the programme here.

Admission free. 
Registration required  before April 20th, 2012.
Please contact: photography@museum-folkwang.essen.de
The conference languages will be English and German.

Kindly supported by Wüstenrot Stiftung. 

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