Thursday, July 21, 2022, 6 pm
Location: Fotografie Forum Frankfurt
From the 1920s forward, compelling theories have explained the complicated relationships between photography and text, photography and graphic mark, photography and film, photography and sculpture, and photography in combinations with three or more media, often on the printed page. The general idea of these discussions is that one medium such as text will help shape the meaning conveyed by the other, such as photography. But today’s Internet meme, in which photography, video and text meld into a strange unity, compels us to rethink media boundaries altogether. Can we now talk about historical and contemporary amalgamations as a distinct medium in its own right?
Andrés Mario Zervigón is Professor of the History of Photography at Rutgers, The State University in New Jersey (USA). He is author of John Heartfield and the Agitated Image (2012) and Photography and Germany(2017). With Tanya Sheehan he edited Photography and Its Origins (2014), with Sabine Kriebel Photography and Doubt (2017), and with Donna Gustafson Subjective-Objective: A Century of Social Photography (2017). His current book project is a history of Die Arbeiter-Illustrierte Zeitung, for which he received a CASVA Senior Fellowship (2013–2014). Zervigón leads The Developing Room, an academic working group at Rutgers devoted to photography studies.
In cooperation with Research Seminar on the History and Theory of
Photography 2022: International, interdisciplinary Research Colloquium for PhD Candidates and Post-Docs, German Documentation Centre for Art History – Bildarchiv Foto Marburg (DDK), Philipps-Universität Marburg.