Bearing Witness, a symposium on the conditions of photography now

Cell phone photographing protest in Tahrir Square
Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

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; 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

Doug Richard, artist and founder of and

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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