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Documentary Photography Reconsidered: A Conversation

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Documentary Photography Reconsidered: A Conversation

Join Michelle Bogre, Stephen Mayes, Nina Berman, Ed Kashi and Paul Wenham-Clarke who will present work and then discuss how we should be reconsidering documentary photography during a time when it is undergoing unprecedented transformation, but is more relevant than ever. 

Followed by your questions to the panel.

Although critics have written its obituary many times, documentary photography is not dead. In fact, it is more relevant today as photographers document this historic pandemic. Documentary photography thrives as a genre in part because digital technology has rendered it a more democratic medium. However, that same technology has profoundly changed the nature of the image, and documentary photography faces serious challenges as we confront the profound difference between a documentary photograph that is fixed, and one that is an unmoored, malleable, package of data. The new digital documentary image looks like a photograph, but it isn’t a photograph. Or is it?  This panel will reflect on the medium at this moment of transition. 


Panelists: Stephen Mayes, Paul Wenham-Clarke, Nina Berman and Ed Kashi, who were featured in the book, Documentary Photography Reconsidered: History, Theory and Practice and author Michelle Bogre, who will moderate the discussion. 


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