Book Launch & Discussion
Ph: The Photography Research Network Berlin presents:
»Photography and Doubt«
edited by Sabine T. Kriebel & Andrés Mario Zervigón
Book Launch & Discussion: Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 17-19h
Introduction by Dr. Ludger Derenthal.
The discussion (en/de) will be followed by a reception with drinks.
The Berlin Photography Research Network (Olga Smith and Eva Pluhařová-Grigienė) invites you and your friends to a book launch: Photography and Doubt, edited by Sabine T. Kriebel and Andrés Mario Zervigón.
Recent decades have seen photography’s privileged relationship to the real come under question. Spurred by the postmodern critique of photography in the 1980s and the rise of digital technologies soon thereafter, scholars have been asking who and what built this understanding of the medium in the first place.
Photography and Doubt reflects on this interest in photography’s referential power by discussing it in rigorously historical terms. How was the understanding of photographic realism cultivated in the first place? What do cases of staged and manipulated photography reveal about that realism’s hold on audiences across the medium’s history? Have doubts about photography’s testimonial power stimulated as much knowledge as its realism?
Edited by Sabine T. Kriebel and Andrés Mario Zervigón, Photography and Doubt is the first multi-authored collection specifically designed to explore these questions. Its 13 original essays, illustrated with 73 color images, explore cases when the link between the photographic image and its referent was placed under stress, and when photography was as attuned to its myth-making capabilities as to its claims to authenticity.
The launch will feature a discussion by Kriebel and Zervigón, and copies of the book will be available for sale.