The Real Thing? - Staging, Manipulation and Photographic Truth
National Media Museum, Bradford
Saturday, 11 July, 10.30am - 4.30pm
To book please contact The Royal Photographic Society - visit www.rps.org. Tickets cost £20.
Anyone who has ever looked at a photograph and wondered whether it is a true depiction of reality may be interested in a fascinating one-off insight into the subject at the National Media Museum.
As part of its 2009 Visual Literacy programme, The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) is hosting a day event in conjunction with the Museum - the home of the internationally-renowned RPS Collection.
Using this collection as the starting point, visiting photography experts will look at how images have been staged and manipulated from the earliest age of photographic technology to the present day, drawing parallels between contemporary digital examples and 19th Century ‘combination prints’, photocollages and tableaux.
Two photography historians and two practising photographers will provide an historical context for cutting-edge contemporary visual art. There will also be a chance to view vintage combination prints from the world-class Royal Photographic Society collection, including H P Robinson’s famous Fading Away, (1858) and O G Rejlander's Two Ways of Life, (1857).
The day will end with a Q & A session which is a must for photography students and enthusiasts alike.
Carolyn Bloore: Editor of the PhotoHistorian, and curator of the Royal Photographic Society during the 1970s
Marta Weiss: Curator of Photographs at the V&A, and contributor to Acting The Part: Photography As Theatre, (2006)
Tom Hunter: Photographer whose tableaux regularly draw on a repertoire of past visual motifs and effects.
Calum Colvin: Artist Photographer, and one of Scotland's leading contemporary artists, Professor of Fine Art Photography at Dundee University, awarded the Order of the British Empire for his contribution to the visual arts, and in 2004 was made an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy.
For more information visit www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk
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