What do we talk about when we talk photography?
International Conference "What do we talk about when we talk photography?" (Faculty of Philosophy, National Research University Higher School of Economics, December 11-13, 2014)
Today photography is losing its former borders on the one hand, as it is dissolved in contemporary art but on the other hand, a photographic image, being a part of everyday communication in social networks, acquires a new grammar. At the same time a vast number of photographs which refer us to the past is becoming today accessible to everyone thanks to digital technologies, whereas the scale and the speed of spreading the images raise complicated tasks for the researcher. All the former and contemporary contexts urge us to assess the photographic medium over and over again theoretically, and to adopt this understanding of photography while working in museums, galleries and archives.
Aesthetic, philosophical, culture-historical discourses on photography are different but they have common features. In contemporary approaches to the research in photography the stress is shifted from the image itself to the problems of cultural vision: the context of the surroundings, the cultural norms and the social practices which determine the meaning of the photographs.
The Conference “What do we talk about when we talk photography?” is timed to the first Exhibition of Stereo Photographs from the archive of Sergei Chelnokov (1869-1924) who was an amateur photographer. He took pictures at the turn of the century both of the everyday life of his family and of the historical events (from the Russian-Japanese War up to the Paris Exhibition of 1900).
This Exhibition which fosters understanding of the photography of the time “after” (after the history, after the photograph) permits in the first place to discuss various themes for constructing history (both history on large scale and history of everyday life), as well as themes of the specific status of the archive and of the erased borders between genres. This Exhibition is called upon to promote studying unknown collections and to study the specifics of the stereoscopic photographs referring to the issues of “new materiality” of photography. It also makes us take a diverse view of the photographs depending on the situation in which they are presented.
The aim of the Conference is to engage specialists working in different fields of research: philosophers, specialists in cultural studies, historians, anthropologists, sociologists as well as those who are involved in practical research: museum workers, curators, collectors, artists, photographers to the discussion of the current problems of photography.
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