Sunday, March 16, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
This one-day symposium considering the shifting conditions of photography in contemporary culture was streamed live on March 16. Watch the video recording, read the participants' biographies, and review the conversation held live over Twitter during the event here.
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? Bearing Witness, a one-day symposium hosted by SFMOMA, considers these questions and assesses the ways in which photography matters now more than ever.
Convened by Erin O'Toole, associate curator of photography, SFMOMA, and Dominic Willsdon, Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Programs, SFMOMA, Bearing Witness is made possible by generous support from the Fraenkel Gallery Fund for New Studies in Photography.