Bearing Witness, a one-day symposium hosted by SFMOMA, considers the changing field of photography and assesses the ways in which the medium matters now more than ever.
Given the power and pervasiveness of photography in both art and everyday life, what is the significance of the rapid and fundamental changes that the field is undergoing? How have social media, digital cameras, and amateur photojournalism altered the way photographs capture the everyday, define current events, and steer social and political movements? How have photographers responded to these shifting conditions, as well as to the new ways in which images are understood, shared, and consumed? How have our expectations of photography changed?
Pete Brook, editor of prisonphotography.org; blogger for Wired; freelance writer and curator
David Guttenfelder, chief photographer in Asia for the Associated Press
Susan Meiselas, photographer, Magnum Photos
Margaret Olin, senior research scholar, Yale University
Kathy Ryan, director of photography, The New York Times Magazine
Zoe Strauss, artist, Magnum Photos
Additional participants to be announced
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Forum
701 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94103
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