Photo credit: Eric Miller. Rock pool, Pringle Bay, 2022
Workshop in Visual History & Theory 2022
Photography was brought into being by a powerful sense of transience in the world. This workshop will consider the ways the impulse to make images is profoundly related to historical change, fleeting time and substance, as well as the desire to record, express, or even ‘capture’ what is passing. South African photographer Santu Mofokeng invoked such desires in the idiom of chasing shadows. Photographs both stabilise and destabilise, they are related to change but also effect change.
Beyond intentions and expectations, the micro-temporalities of photographs have the capacity to inscribe the contingent and the aleatory, memorably theorised as the optical unconscious. But they also have unforeseen outcomes across generations, and across genres and media, as we shall explore.
Keynote lectures by:
Zeynep Gürsel (Rutgers University); Paul Landau (University of Maryland) & Jonathan R. Walz (University of Vermont).
The CHR fellowship programme will continue in 2022 through online platforms and, where permitted, limited live events hosted in compliance with COVID-19 protocols. Please follow our events page for updates about events.