A Medium in Transition

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 11:00am to Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 3:30am

An international conference in cooperation with the Wüstenrot Stiftung on the future of photography and photographic collections.

The technological upheaval in photography has not only called into question the definition of photography, but also altered the profession of photographer and the use of the medium. The complete digitalization of the medium, its production and distribution, has shaken the traditional understanding of photography. The Museum Folkwang and the Wüstenrot Stiftung are organizing a symposium in order to discuss, for the first time, the future of photography in a transnational perspective. The questions about the future photography, which will be produced almost exclusively digitally, are therefore also directed at the curators of collections which value not only artistically motivated photographs. Which photos from the area of applied photography are left from the digital production process? What does it mean to collect photographic originals: the original file, the total of its publication, a framed print? Is our cultural infrastructure prepared for this change – or will applied photographic practice, which has always inspired artistic production, no longer help to define the collective pictorial memory?

Admission free. Registration required before 20 April 2012 at photography@museum-folkwang.essen.de. The conference languages will be German and English.

April 27, 2012, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m
April 28, 2012, 10 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.

Museum Folkwang
Museumsplatz 1
45128 Essen