Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history
Photographing the City builds on the success of the 2009 Visual Literacy Series – Staging, Manipulation and Photographic Truth. This year there will be two major events based on Photography and the City.
contextualise the city, its development and inhabitants and consider ways in which the city and its social
conditions, (housing, work, poverty, war), cultural trends (music, film, fashion) and artistic production can be
represented through photography.
conceptual art and constructed photography in representing city themes. Informed by significant historical
images, beginning with Henry Fox Talbot's photograph of the construction of Trafalgar Square, they will show the
development of student work from their summer school “Photographing London” leading to the most fascinating
and revealing images. The teaching and learning experience has evidenced a structure to creative practice and
has resulted in a valuable and growing archive of city based photography.
Tom Hunter will talk about his own photographic practice and how it responds to the city. His work, which focuses on his local neighbourhood of Hackney in East London covers topics including the representation of marginal groups, such as squatters and travellers within the city. His work also sets out to document the changing face of the inner city by looking at council estates through their architecture, the residents and their histories. He will also be ooking at local businesses, which chart the different waves of immigration, which have made such a powerful mpact on the history and development on the East End of London. http://www.tomhunter.org
Marco Bohr Representing Tokyo. Marco Bohr's presentation will focus on the different approaches used by Japanese photographers to represent the megapolis Tokyo. From the student uprisings in the late 1960s to the post‐recessionary period of the 1990s, the photographic representation of Tokyo is inextricably linked to social, political and ideological shifts in Japanese society. Marco's talk will focus on how photographers utilized photographic techniques, such as blurriness, high key printing or overexposure, to create a subjective vision of a dense urban landscape. The varying impressions of Tokyo project a cityscape that is fluid, evolving and multifaceted. Marco is currently completing his PhD on Japanese photography of the 1990s at the University of Westminster.
Rut Blees Luxemburg will talk about her photographs which explore the public spaces of the city, where the ambitions and unexpected sensual elaborations of the ‘modern project’ are revealed and contested. In her photographic work she brings to light the overlooked, the dismissed and the unforeseen of the urban complex and creates immersive and vertiginous compositions that challenge prevailing representations of the city. Her large‐scale photographic works expand the concept of the common sensual in relation to urban public space and
representation. Rut’s work has been exhibited internationally and included in key publications and exhibitions on
contemporary photography and art. Her monograph ‘Common sensual’ collects the artist’s work including her
collaborative forays into opera, literature, architecture and urban culture. www.rutbleesluxemburg.com
The event takes place on 18 June 2011 at the University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS, (Opposite Baker Street Tube Station), London
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