“Repetition and Difference: The Dissemination of Photography”
Although seldom engaged in published histories of photography, reproducibility is a key element of photography’s identity. It allows photographic images to be widely circulated with many different looks, sizes, and formats and to appear simultaneously in various places. This capacity for reproducibility ties photography to the processes and social and political implications of capitalist mass production. This lecture will survey some of these issues and suggest a different way of imagining photography's history.
February 18, 2014
Geoffrey Batchen, Professor of Art History, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand
Dr. Batchen received a Bachelor of Science (Architecture) from the University of New South Wales, a Bachelor of Arts, with First Class Honors in Art History, from the University of Sydney, and a PhD from the University of Sydney. He has curated art exhibitions in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, San Diego, Albuquerque, New York, Amsterdam, Reykjavik, Bradford, Cologne, Japan, New Zealand and throughout Australia. Batchen's writing has featured in numerous journals, books and exhibition catalogues and been translated into Chinese, German, Russian, Danish, Spanish, Turkish, Portuguese, Galician, French, Romanian, Dutch, Icelandic, Norwegian, Estonian, Japanese, Czech, Italian, Slovenian and Korean. In 1985-86 he edited the Australian Centre for Photography's national journal of photography criticism Photofile, and Guest Edited issues of San Francisco Camerawork (Spring 1988), West (1991), History of Photography (Autumn 2000), and Afterimage (May/June 2002). Over the years he has given public lectures in sixteen countries and taught in a number of tertiary institutions in Australia and the US, including the University of California San Diego, the University of New Mexico, and from 2002 to 2010, the Doctoral Program in Art History at CUNY Graduate Center in New York. He is currently the Professor of Art History at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.
Recent B o o k s
* William Henry Fox Talbot (Phaidon, 2008).
* Setsubou ni Moyeru: Shashin no Hatsuan (Tokyo: Seikyusha, 2010).
* Editor, Photography Degree Zero: Reflections on Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida (The MIT Press, 2009).
* Co-editor, Picturing Atrocity: Photography in Crisis (Reaktion, 2012).