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What Light Can Do: Views on Photography

Tuesday, Sept 6, 2016

6 p.m.

The visual images we see everyday shape our imagination and understanding of the world. From its beginnings in the mid-nineteenth century to its ubiquity in our media-saturated present, photography has generated important artistic and scientific knowledge, and has profoundly impacted people’s personal and political lives. Through a series of talks and conversations with curators, artists, and scientists, participants will think more deeply about the evolution and practice of photography. Join us to reflect on the power of the photograph to preserve memory, create change, make discoveries, and inspire wonder.


September 6: Invisibility

Corey Keller, SFMOMA curator of photography

September 13: Landscape

Michael Light, artist

September 20: Science

Alex Filippenko, UC Berkeley professor of astronomy
Daniel Fletcher, UC Berkeley professor of bioengineering
Elizabeth Kessler, Stanford University, lecturer, American studies

September 27: Narrative

Reagan Louie, artist
Erin O’Toole, SFMOMA associate curator of photography

October 4: Process

Meghann Riepenhoff, artist
Abner Nolan, CCA senior adjunct professor of photography