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Contemporary Art Photography's Social and Documentary Turn

  • Sponsoring Partner: James A. Michener Art Museum
  • Location: James A. Michener Art Museum
  • Dates: September 29, 2016
  • Address: 138 S Pine St, Doylestown, PA 18901
  • Phone: 215-340-9800
  • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Price: $10 Member, $20 Non-member, $5 student with valid ID
  • Reservations Required: Yes

Photography was invented to document the world around us; Henry Fox Talbot considered the tool an indexical reflection that he called “the pencil of nature.” After the 1950s, the documentary tradition saw a revolution with a renewed interest in stylized street photography, social portraiture, and perspectives on the man-altered landscape. As photography has embedded itself as a major player in both contemporary art history and the art market since the 1990s, we will explore the documentary gaze that has emerged from this evolution. Kelsey Halliday Johnson is a curator, artist, and writer based in Philadelphia, PA; she is a member of the collective Vox Populi and is currently the Curatorial Fellow in Photography & New Media, Michener Art Museum. Previously, she held positions at Locks Gallery, Vox Populi, the Penn Museum, and Blind Spot magazine.

Contemporary Art Photography's Social and Documentary Turn