EventsThe Truth’s Superb Surprise: Conversations on Documentary Photography

The Truth’s Superb Surprise: Conversations on Documentary Photography

April 13, 2024 | 1–4 p.m.
Location: High Museum of Art
Registration Required

Jill Frank (American, born 1978), Talent Show, Crying while Kicking (Noelle), 2019, dye coupler print, courtesy of the artist. © Jill Frank.




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What is a photograph’s connection to truth?

Photographers often grapple with how to create images that relate to the people and places they depict. Despite the challenges of documentary photography to make meaningful images of the world, photographers consistently seek innovative strategies to capture the twists and bends of human experience.

Including artists featured in the exhibition Truth Told Slant: Contemporary Photography, this pair of conversations will delve into the slipperiness between photography’s perceived objectivity and the ways it can elicit doubt. The first conversation will consider the limitations of the medium and how these photographers employ speculation, performance, and immersive visual experiences to engage viewers. The second conversation will address the intersection of documentary and autobiography to explore how photographs are used to articulate and communicate identity. Gregory Harris, Donald and Marilyn Keough Family Curator of Photography, will moderate both conversations.

Coffee and light bites will be available during a break between the two conversations.

Can’t attend this event? Photographers Tommy Kha and Jill Frank will participate in a panel conversation moderated by Jon Feinstein at UGA on Friday, April 12.

Support provided by: The Willson Center for Arts and Humanities at the University of Georgia