Talks

Photo London 2019 Talks | Sun 19 May

Sun 19 May 2019
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The 2019 Talks Programme is guest curated by William A. Ewing, curator and writer, former Director of the Musée de l’Elysée, and former Director of Exhibitions at the International Center of Photography, New York.

ANDREW MOISEY IN CONVERSATION WITH ANNE WAGNER | 13.00 - 13.50
Historian and critic Anne Wagner, and photographer, professor and author Andrew Moisey, will talk about the strange combination of sociology and voyeurism that Moisey’s book The American Fraternity: An Illustrated Ritual Manual achieves. Shot over seven years, The American Fraternity captures America's privileged past and future leaders learning to pledging allegiance to enlightened ideals that will cover for a life, photographed in depth for the first time, driven by the pursuit of selfinterest and male privilege. When shooting Moisey was present, yet somehow invisible—not an easy trick. How and when did it dawn on him just what he’d managed to do?

GAVIN TURK IN CONVERSATION WITH MATTHEW COLLINGS | 14.30 - 15.50
Art critic and broadcaster Matthew Collings will discuss Gavin Turk’s public exhibition Portrait of an Egg, created especially for Photo London with Somerset House. Turk will present a giant bronze egg sculpture that will installed on the River Terrace ahead of the Fair. The egg will inspire an Instagram photography competition with entries being projected on the walls of the Great Arch Hall during the Fair.

JOSH HANER AND MEAGHAN LOORAM ON THE NEW YORK TIMES: CARBON’S CASUALTIES | 16.00 - 16.50
Since 2015, Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times photographer Josh Haner has worked across the globe specialising in drone technology to document the pressing and wide-ranging realities of climate change. Haner will be in conversation with Meaghan Looram, New York Times Director of Photography, and they will discuss the complexities of capturing climate change and the significance of creatively using visuals to engage and inform the public on this pressing topic.

FT WEEKEND PRESENTS: HANNAH STARKEY | 17.15 - 18.05
For more than 20 years Hannah Starkey has committed her practice to representing the experiences of contemporary women. Often blurring the lines between portraiture, documentary and staging, Starkey carefully reconstructs glimpses of interior lives by capturing her subjects in moments of introspection amid ordinary urban spaces. Aimed at constructing a new way to represent women, Starkey’s photographs act in defiance against the myopic identities in which women are overtly empowered or exploited. As a woman, Starkey has a fundamental connection to her subjects and the motifs explored in her pictures. Acutely aware of the ways in which women of all generations are constantly evaluated and judged, Starkey’s photographs offer a respite from the male voyeuristic lens that saturates society and the portrayal of women. By forming a different level of engagement with her female protagonists, Starkey’s visual language offers itself as a possible mechanism to deconstruct and diffuse the power of the prevailing patriarchal media definitions of femininity.