Inventing the Picture History of Photography
- Date: Mar 21, 2019
- Time: 18:00 - 20:00
- Speaker: Steffen Siegel
- Location: Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is one aspect that we will miss: an interest in actual pictures. In my talk I want to ask how and when the very idea of writing media history through beholding and understanding pictorial specimens was invented. Hereby, a new market of photo books and photo journals – emerging within the 1920s and 1930s – must be taken into account: Historical photography has been circulated among a wider audience by print media. Discussing some influential examples, I want to show how a picture history of photography could emerge from the printed page – and how it was conceived (and restricted) as an art history of photography at the very same time.
Steffen Siegel has been a professor for the theory and history of photography at Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen (Germany) since 2015. He is the director of Folk-wang's MA program "Photography Studies and Research". His book First Exposures: Writings from the Beginning of Photography was published by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.