The symposium accompanied the exhibition Revelations: Experiments in Photography
On Saturday 21st of November I’ll be leading a study visit to the same exhibition at the National Media Museum in Bradford, for students of The Open College of the Arts (http://www.oca.ac.uk) http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/planavisit/exhibitions/revelations-experiments-in-photography/about
From the accompanying exhibition the quote “As photography’s place within scientific investigation developed, it helped lend form to phenomena that had previously been invisible to the naked eye.” Hence the title ‘Revelations’. Robert Enoch, a fellow tutor at the OCA, commented, ‘…and what the “optical unconscious” divulges, is the technological and visual specificity of photo-graphics. I mean, what photography does that is specific to the medium. In this sense, the exhibition is an education in creative possibilities.’
The exhibition makes you question what a photograph tells us – evidence, reality, construction, automatic machine-made record? The influence of the early photographs on art is only becoming more fully appreciated now, so this exhibition has implications for all arts disciplines.