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Talk: Collaboration - Photographic and Otherwise

  • Slought 4017 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States (map)

A conversation with Wendy Ewald, Susan Meiselas, and Laura Wexler about the collaborative nature of photography and life

Slought is pleased to announce Collaboration: Photographic and Otherwise, a conversation on Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 6-8pm featuring Wendy Ewald, Susan Meiselas, and Laura Wexler in dialogue about the collaborative nature of photography and life. A colloquium and workshop have also been organized at Princeton University on Wednesday, October 24 and 25, 2018 with support from Princeton's Council of the Humanities.

This event has been organized in conjunction with Collaboration: A Potential History of Photography, an ongoing research project on display at Slought from September 6, 2018 through October 31, 2018 that reconsiders photography through the lens of collaboration. The project aims to suggest that the medium—traditionally understood as one dominated by singular creative adventurers—is in fact defined by collaboration and interaction. The one hundred projects presented in Collaboration are categorized into eight clusters organized in grids, and make visible the various relationships, exchanges, and interactions that resulted in tangible traces of collaboration. The selected projects contain reproduced images accompanied by quotations from both the makers and photographed persons, highlighting different forms of collaboration, from friendly and cooperative to antagonistic and coercive.

In this experimental exhibition and creative laboratory, an expression of the project's state today, both individual visitors and groups are invited to reflect upon, question, and challenge the project's current conclusions by manipulating copies of the squares in the central workshop space. Collaboration also includes a busy program of lectures, workshops, and conversations designed to encourage public involvement in consideration of this revisionist approach to understanding the medium.