Intentionality, Ambiguity, and Truth: A Conversation About Reagan Louie, Diane Arbus, and the Elusive Nature of Photographic Meaning

Related Exhibition The Photographs of Reagan Louie

Saturday, November 22, 2003, 1:00 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

This diverse panel discusses the elusive nature of photographic meaning and addresses the relationship of photographers to their subjects and audiences. When photographers confront controversial issues, what, beyond making images, should they be doing and why? How and to what extent can photographs convey their makers' intentions or attitudes? Is photographic ambiguity a problem or an opportunity?

A book signing with Meiselas immediately follows in the Haas Atrium.

$12 general; $8 SFMOMA members, students with ID, and seniors.Ticket includes entry to the 7:30 p.m. Artist Reception. Tickets are available at the Museum with no surcharge or through


Susan Meiselas, photographer
Tracy Quan, writer and sex worker
Sally Stein, associate professor of art history, University of California, Irvine
Moderator: Sandra S. Phillips, senior curator of photography, SFMOMA