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Saturday, 21 April 2018

What is Photography?



What is an archive? Who knows?

What is a photo? These are some of the answers from Francesca Seravalle's The First Photos: Until Proven Otherwise, speaker at the Activating the Archive symposium on May 5th in Bristol. This brilliant series is a trawl through a variety of archives both virtual and 'real' in search of a series of first photos; the first photograph, the first photobook, the first instant photo, the first picture of a birthday party and so on.

It's a brilliant project that also raises the question of what exactly is a photo. These are some of the answers that Francesca gives and there could be a whole lot more. The more you think about it, the bigger the answer gets. And the bigger the answer gets, the less important your own particular photography fetish becomes...



Photography is the pencil of nature
...is the mirror of contemporary society
...is evidence
...is denial
...is positive
...is negative
...is irreproducible
...is a copy
...is permanent 
...is fading
...is chemical reaction
...is a scan
...is made by a camera
...is direct contact on paper
...is  a print
...is virtual creation by a computer
...is made by a phone
...is production of the human mind
...is pixels
...is blow up
...is compression
...is scientific
...is art
...is pornography
...is a snapshot
...is a flux of images
...is digital
...is a cyanotype
...is stereography
...is a daguerrotype
...is polaroid
...is a slide
...is three-dimensional
...is a screenshot
...is a landscape
...is autochrome
...is colour
...is black and white
...is a document
...is projection
...is light
...is shadow
...is remembrance
...is media
...is a souvenir
...is a shared moment
...is objective
...is subjective
...is the relationship with the other
...is recording only one moment
...is the portrait that keeps love alive
...is memento mori.


Francesca Seravalle will be talking about all this and much more on Saturday 5th May at the Arnolfini in Bristol in this brilliant symposium on the archive with speakers including  Maja Daniels, Charbel Saad, Thomas Sauvin, Kensuke Koike, and Amak Mahmoodian.

It's a serious bargain at £25 for the day and takes place in the wonderful waterfront location of the Arnolfini, with fantastic food, drink and cake all available within a few minutes walk.

Buy your tickets for ICVL's Activating the Archive here.

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