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Friday Salon: On Photography

15 Mar 2013

Continuing our season on photography in conjunction with Juergen Teller: Woo, this Friday Salon takes two fragments from Susan Sontag’s book On Photography (1977) as a starting point to discuss its relevance and shortcomings for today’s photographic practice.

Rather than stressing the omnipresence of photography as a desensitizing mass art form, the session will look at aspects of her book that shed light on how photographic images operate and how they can contribute as a practice-mode of research – whist according to Sontag they can only ever be “a semblance of knowledge”.

This Friday Salon will be led by Wiebke Leister and Olivier Richon.

Wiebke Leister is an artist and a Senior Lecturer on the MA Photography at London College of Communication and at the Fachhochschule in Bielefeld. Her work investigates the Non-Likeness of photographic portraying, focussing on the relation of mental images and facial expressions. Her artist publication, Lovers, Liars and Laughter, was published by the Photography and the Archive Research Centre (London) in 2008.

Olivier Richon is an artist and Professor of Photography at the Royal College of Art. His practice proposes an investigation and celebration of the artifice of representations, including playful deconstructions of the history of the still life. His monograph, Real Allegories, was published by Steidl und Eskildsen (Göttingen) in 2006.

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