Past Events

Making an Art of Photography

Lecture Series – Juliet Hacking

  • 7 March 2019
  • 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  • 18.30-19.00 Drinks Reception
    19.00-20.30 Lecture and Discussion
  • Lecture Room, Paul Mellon Centre

It is often assumed that photography began life in the 19th century as a document and it was only in late twentieth century that its potential as an art form was recognised. But the question of photography’s relationship to art has been a staple of discussions on photography since the new technology was made known to the public in 1839. Moreover, the suggestion that photography could be artistic also had political ramifications: some commentators saw it as a threat to the natural order (Lady Eastlake) and to the primacy of imaginative labour (Charles Baudelaire). What was at stake in making an art of photography?

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