Documentary Photography Today

Nina Berman, "Bomb Iraq, Times Square, NY," 2003, from the series "Homeland"

This symposium reflected on how and why we use the term "documentary" to describe photography today. In what ways are artists, scholars, and curators thinking about documentary photography? How are photographers dealing with the evidentiary function of their pictures, as notions of authenticity and truth are being broadly challenged by political conflicts and new media? How do those pictures shape our understanding of contemporary human rights, and their violations, across the globe? Might we also speak of documentary photography as a style unlinked to the medium's perceived social functions? Participants included photographer Nina Berman (Columbia U), Mary Panzer (NYU), and Sharon Sliwinski (University of Western Ontario), with respondent Diane Neumaier (Rutgers).

VIDEO FOR THE EVENT CAN BE VIEWED HERE:

Introductions:http://vimeo.com/108714931

Talk 1: http://vimeo.com/108743712

Talk 2: http://vimeo.com/108730580

Talk 3: http://vimeo.com/108714933

Discussion: http://vimeo.com/110715778

Sponsors

Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University
Office of the Vice President for Research at Rutgers University