A Global Lens: People and Places in Recent Photography

by Barry Venning

May 25th

A Global Lens: People and Places in Recent Photography

In the nineteenth century, photography struggled for recognition as an artistic medium on a par with painting and photography, but through its instantaneity, its potential for mass reproduction and its sheer versatility, it became the dominant visual medium of the early twentieth century.

This lecture considers a range of great images produced since 1900, by photographers as diverse as Cartier-Bresson, Weegee, Robert Capa, Garry Winogrand and Edward Burtynsky.

Barry Venning

Barry Venning is an historian of British art with a particular interest in the work of JMW Turner, on whom he has published widely, including the volume on Turner in Phaidon's Art & Ideas series, and several catalogue essays for exhibitions in the UK, Germany, Italy and Poland. He has also published a study of John Constable's paintings. His interests and his teaching extend from medieval architecture to contemporary British art.

The Decisive Moment

"There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative." - Henri Cartier-Bresson

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