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RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE

PHOTOGRAPHY HISTORIANS: A NEW GENERATION?
Ryerson Image Centre Symposium

March 26 – 28, 2015
School of Image Arts, Ryerson University
122 Bond Street, Toronto, IMA-307

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Collecting and Curating Photographs: Between Public and Private Collections

Image caption: Ralph Crane, [Professor Hildebrand looks at his class, University of California], October 1948, gelatin silver print. The Black Star Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Click here for a PDF of the full version of the symposium program, including speaker bios and talk descriptions.

The fourth annual Ryerson Image Centre symposium on photography, this year entitled “Photography Historians: A New Generation?”  highlights the most current research in the history of photography, bringing emerging scholars from universities worldwide to speak about their bodies of inquiry, their methods and their findings. This rising group of young photo-historians will engage in dialogue with renowned scholars, revealing how contemporary historical inquiry sits within—and departs from—established traditions. The hope is that participants, and the audience, may better understand how we came to surpass notions of the “history of photography,” moving beyond even diverse “histories of photography,” to arrive at our present sense that there are many histories of photographs.

The conference will take place over two and a half days and will be divided into fours sections to highlight thematic similarities and shared concerns: “The Role of Photographic Reproductions,” “The Business of Photography,” “The Construction of Photographic Meanings” and “Art Photography in the Making.”
 
Registration: Admission to the event is free. Seating is limited and provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

The symposium is organized by the Ryerson Image Centre, with generous support from Ryerson University's School of Image Arts.

The symposium will be available to stream via the following links:

Thursday, March 26, 2015: https://ryecast.ryerson.ca/48/live/1094.aspx
Friday, March 27, 2015: https://ryecast.ryerson.ca/48/live/1095.aspx
Saturday, March 28, 2015: https://ryecast.ryerson.ca/48/live/1096.aspx

 


 

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PROGRAM
 

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Welcome & Keynote Address

6:00 pm Doors open

6:10 pm Research Activities at the Ryerson Image Centre
Paul Roth, Director, Ryerson Image Centre (Toronto, Canada)

6:20 pm Introduction
Dr. Thierry Gervais, Assistant Professor, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University and Head of Research, Ryerson Image Centre (Toronto, Canada)

6:30 pm Keynote Address “Photography as History: Questions Old and New”
Dr. François Brunet, Professor, Art et Littérature des États-Unis, Université Paris-Diderot, and Member of the Institut Universitaire de France (Paris, France)


Friday, March 27, 2015

THE PHOTOGRAPHIC REPRODUCTION ROLE
Moderated by Thierry Gervais

9:00 am — Doors open

9:15 am — Panel Introduction
Dr. Thierry Gervais, Assistant Professor, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University and Head of Research, Ryerson Image Centre (Toronto, Canada)

9:20 am — “In the Era of Experiment: Photographie Zoologique (1853) and the Dream of Photographic Reproduction”
Kate Addleman-Frankel, University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada)

10:00 am — “A Library in a Handbag: The Rise and Imaginary of Microfilm (1920s to 1950s)”
Dr. Estelle Blaschke, École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland)

10:40 am to 11:00 am — Coffee break

11:00 am — “Herding Cats: The Objects and Object of Photographic History”
Pr. Larry J. Schaaf, Director, William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford (Oxford, UK)

11:40 am to 12:30 amPanel discussion
Kate Addleman-Frankel, Dr. Estelle Blaschke, Pr. Larry J. Schaaf and Dr. Thierry Gervais

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm Lunch break
 

THE BUSINESS OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Moderated by Dr. Blake Fitzpatrick

2:00 pm — Panel Introduction
Dr. Blake Fitzpatrick, Professor, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada)

2:05 pm — “To Promote the Progress of Science and Useful Arts”
Dr. Mazie M. Harris, assistant curator, Department of Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum  (Los Angeles, USA)

2:45 pm — "The Eastman Kodak Company and the Incorporation of Photography: Changing Business Practices and Their Impact on the Existing Photographic Industry in Canada, 1885-1905."
Shannon Perry, De Montfort University (Leicester, UK)

3:25 pm to 3:45 pm — Coffee break

3:45 pm — "The Business of Photo History: Beyond the Polemical Style”
Dr. Douglas Nickel, Professor, History of Art and Architecture, Brown University (Providence, USA).

4:25 pm — Panel discussion
Dr. Mazie M. Harris, Shannon Perry, Dr. Douglas Nickel and Dr. Blake Fitzpatrick


Saturday, March 28, 2015

THE CONSTRUCTION OF PHOTOGRAPHIC MEANINGS
Moderated by Dr. Gaëlle Morel

9:00 am — Doors open

9:15 am — Panel Introduction
Dr. Gäelle Morel, Exhibitions Curator, Ryerson Image Centre (Toronto, Canada)

9:20 am — “The Decisive Network: Producing Henri Cartier-Bresson at Mid-Century”
Nadya Bair, University of Southern California (Los Angeles, USA)

10:00 am — “Picturing Citizenship: the Colonial Office Visual Instruction Committee’s photographic lantern slides, 1900-45”
Dr. Gabrielle Moser, OCAD University (Toronto, Canada)

10:40 am to 11:00 am — Coffee break

11:00 am — “The Transition to Color in News Photography: More Poetry, Less Prose?”
Dr. Vanessa Schwartz, Professor and Director, Visual Studies Research Institute, University of Southern California, (Los Angeles, USA)

11:40 am to 12:30 amPanel discussion
Nadya Bair, Dr. Gabrielle Moser, Dr. Vanessa Schwartz, Dr. Gaëlle Morel

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm Lunch break
 

ART PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE MAKING
Moderated by Paul Roth

2:00 pm — Panel Introduction
Paul Roth, Director, Ryerson Image Centre (Toronto, Canada)

2:05 pm — “‘Social Significance in a Rock’: Group f.64 at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum”
Ellen MacFarlane, Princeton University (Princeton, USA)

2:45 pm — “Lartigue in the Eyes of Avedon”
Dr. Marianne le Galliard, Lartigue Foundation (Paris, France), and Hartung-Bergman Foundation (Antibes, France)

3:25 pm to 3:45 pm — Coffee break

3:45 pm — “Futurism, Photography, Fantasms and Fascism”
Pr. Marta Braun, Professor and Director of the Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management Master’s program, Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada)

4:25 pm — Panel discussion
Ellen MacFarlane, Dr. Marianne le Galliard, Pr. Marta Braun, Paul Roth

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