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Chiltern Hills Area Study Days - Study Day 3 - But Does it Really Count as Art? Friday 23 November 2018

Study Day 3 Photograpy: The Art of the Real with Barry Venning

This study day sets out to demonstrate not only that photography really is an art form - a great art form in fact - but also that it has definitively shaped the way we see the modern world. The three sessions Place, History and Time each consider an aspect of the history and practice of photography with carefully chosen examples, examined in detail. Some of the artists are well known, such as Cartier Bresson, Don McCullin or Ansel Adams; the others, as will become clear, deserve to be. Each session will look historically at the theme in question, but will also consider issues such as technological improvements, truth, falsehood and ethics, and the aesthetics of photography.

Session 1: Place
The earliest photographs required such a long exposure time that the subjects had to be as near motionless as possible, therefore many of the earliest surviving examples, such as those of Louis Daguerre or Henry Fox Talbot, were of buildings and landscapes. As the technology improved and cameras became more portable, photographers like Francis Frith and Ansel Adams travelled widely, recording unfamiliar or exotic locations for an eager public.

Session 2: History
The mass reproduction of photographic images, especially in newspapers and magazines, meant that ordinary people could witness historical events, almost as soon as they had happened. Although this often meant recording scenes of conflict, such as Roger Fenton's scenes of the Crimean War or Robert Capa's Spanish Civil War, history in all its aspects was recorded by the camera.

Session 3: Fame
The modern idea of celebrity is inseparable from the development of photography. To be truly famous, an individual has to be instantly recognisable to the widest possible public; from the mid 18th century onwards, photography has made that possible to a far greater extent than the older arts of painting and engraving could ever achieve. This final session looks at fame - and infamy - through the work of photographers including Julia Margaret Cameron, Nadar, Cartier Bresson, Richard Avedon, Philippe Halsman and Annie Liebovitz.

Venue: The Hub, Easton Street, High Wycombe HP11 1NJ - Click here for directions.

Time: 10.30am - 3.30pm (coffee from 10.00am)

Cost: £25 for Study Day 1 £31 for Study Day 2 (includes refreshments and a light lunch)

NB Open to both members of The Arts Society and non-members.

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