Photography and Britishness
November 4–5, 2016, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT
This two-day international conference investigates the various ways in which ideas about Britain have been communicated, inflected, and contested through the photographic image. It questions how photographs are understood to mirror, reinforce, or interrupt what constitutes “Britishness” in national, local, imperial, colonial, and postcolonial contexts. Papers cover a wide range of international perspectives from the nineteenth century to today. The conference will incorporate a panel discussion with practitioners, and delegates will be able to sign up for break-out sessions in Yale’s special collections.
The conference is free and open to the public. Advance registration is recommended. Online registration is available here. Onsite registration will be available on both days of the conference. For further information, please contact Research (+1 203 432 2824 | email@example.com). This event will be live streamed.
A Forty-Year Photographic Journey Through Great Britain
Keynote Lecture: Martin Parr
Friday, November 4, 5:30 pm
Martin Parr has taken photographs around the globe, but the one subject he continually returns to is Britain. In this talk he explains his journey from the early days of shooting black-and-white photographs in northern towns to his current project depicting the British establishment, in places like Oxford University and the City of London. He has photographed all social classes in all corners of the United Kingdom. His project is even more pertinent today, as the Union is potentially set to unravel following the “Brexit” vote in summer 2016.
This conference is co-organized by the Yale Center for British Art; the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London; and the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California. The keynote address will not be live streamed.
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