Time: September 21, 2012 from 11am to 5pm
Location: University of Brighton
Street: Grand Parade campus, Faculty of the Arts
Website or Map: http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/re…
Event Type: symposium
Organized By: Juliet Baillie/Annebella Pollen
Latest Activity: Jul 3, 2012
Since its inception, the overwhelming majority of photography has taken place outside of the realms of professional practice, yet little sustained and empirically grounded attention has been paid to the many nuanced forms that exist within this vast, but rarely well-defined, ‘amateur’ category. Research has tended to cluster around certain sites and themes: the ideology of the family album; the apparently artless and hapless ‘snapshot’; and the ‘found’ photograph as a form of vernacular artistic inspiration, thereby neglecting a wide and varied range of amateur photographic positions beyond and between. Existing literature broadly divides between those who are, at times, vehemently dismissive of the apparently conventional aesthetics of popular practice, and those that privilege the non-professional with an almost outsider status, closer to photographic ‘authenticity’. Through bringing together, in debate, scholars and practitioners of all stripes, this symposium seeks to problematise such binary oppositions, challenge existing knowledge, and reconsider the particular and distinctive positions of the amateur photograph and photographer, both historically and in the rapidly changing present.
This event is made possible by the generous support of The National Media Museum and the School of Humanities, University of Brighton and forms part of the Ph: Photography Research Network’s Either/And publishing project.
Please see the website for further details. Attendance is free but booking is essential as places are strictly limited.