TALK: The Photographic Portrait - Dead or Alive?

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Date: 
Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Time: 
7PM
Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, murderers, Garden City, Kansas, April 15, 1960. Ph

A debate between David Grinly and Ben Harman.

Is the photographic portrait alive and well in 2017? How has the genre of portraiture been affected by the exponential growth in access to digital cameras and photographic imagery?

Has the fast and easily consumable ‘selfie’ eclipsed more considered approaches to depictions of ourselves and other people, or is conventional photographic portraiture more important today than ever? What is a photographic portrait and how has it changed? Who were the pioneers and who are the most interesting practitioners today? - These are some of the questions that will be discussed during an illustrated debate between David Grinly (Research Associate at Stills) and Ben Harman (Director of Stills) with questions and interjections from the audience along the way. 

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Image: Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, murderers, Garden City, Kansas, April 15, 1960. Photographs by Richard Avedon. © The Richard Avedon Foundation