Photography & Radical Politics

In this morning symposium, two speakers offered critical perspectives on the relationship between photography and radical politics. Topics for discussion included the work of Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov; Czechoslovak worker photography; and German photography in the interwar era.

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The symposium speakers offered critical perspectives on the relationship between photography and radical politics. Prof. Devin Fore began the event by discussing filmmaker Dziga Vertov's radically expanded notion of communications media within a transformed Soviet material culture. Photography curator Dr. Matthew Witkovsky explored the linkage between the political and aesthetic goals of Czechoslovak worker photography, as theorized by critic Lubomír Linhart. Prof. Andres Zervigon then responded to these papers by suggesting a productive tension between radical politics and photography in the interwar era.