The Photographic Research Group at Arts University Bournemouth is set to hold its inaugural lecture with some very special guests
Organised by MA Commercial Photography Course Leader Paul Wenham-Clarke and Lecturer Sian Gouldstone, the event will take place on November 21.
The Photographic Research Group will be welcoming renowned documentary photographer and philosopher Dr Maria Balaska who will deliver the lecture: Photographing the indescribable (and describing the un-photographable).
Zed and Dr Maria will explore photography’s capacity to express that which may be difficult to describe in words. Discussing their own specific practice, and also in dialogue together, the pair will question photography’s strengths and limits for expression.
Dr Maria’s lecture will discuss cases that seem to challenge language’s sense-making capacities, such as an experience of astonishing beauty or horrifying evil. Does language really fail us in those cases, and is photography somehow more capable of expressing these experiences? And if so, how does photography manage to capture such overwhelming moments?
Zed, who has won many international awards including First prize in the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award, First Prize at Pictures of the Year (USA) and Third Prize at the 2010 World Press Photo Competition, will show and discuss work from three long-term projects that explore dark forces of human behaviour and challenge the language of photography.
These range from a man-made famine in Somalia, to the insidious brain-washing implemented by the US gun industry, and the horrifying contradiction of the modern Israeli state.
Together, they will address the different methods Nelson has employed to tell these stories, and discuss the ways his work deals with the potential and the limits of photography’s expressive power.
The Photographic Research Group at AUB has been created to bring together researchers working with photography as a research method, subject or output. The centre encourages interdisciplinary practice, continually asking: how does photography relate to, and work with, other academic disciplines
There is a lineage of diverse and changing understandings of photography as a mechanism for visualising and materialising knowledge and information. The photograph is data, material, narrative. It is transient, in flux – more than representation.
Four research clusters within the centre recognise the multiplicity of photographic research practice, and have as their focus:Photographic Methodologies, The Photograph as Art and/or Commerce, The Photograph & Society [as social] and Materiality and The Image.
The event will take place in the Lecture Theatre A025 from 1pm – it will be approximately 1.5hrs long and will be followed by a networking and drinks reception in the AUB Gallery.
Places are free but anyone wishing to attend must book a place via the AUB Store.