Les temps forts. La guerre d’Algérie, images et représentations

A rich program on the representation of Algeria war at Forum des images, Paris, from 24th January to 2nd February: conferences, movies, photo exhibits and much more.

Les temps forts. La guerre d’Algérie, image et représentations.

Hommage aux républicains espagnols

An exhibition in Bordeaux tells the story of Spanish civil war through the photographs of one of her most famous photographers: Augustí Centelles.

More than 200 pictures will be on display for the first time in France. There is also a programme of lectures, among which one on “Guerre d’Espagne et photojournalism”… today…

Anyway, the exhibition will be open until the 10th July.

Corpi, territori e società

foto convegno padova

L’Università di Padova organizza un convegno su “Corpi, territori e società. Ricerche visuali e sociologia del fotogiornalismo”.

Il taglio è sociologico e non storico ma sembra interessante. E, a quanto pare, l’Università di Padova si sta mostrando vivace sulla questione.

Se vi interessa, ecco il programma.

Lo stivale di Garibaldi – Photo and Risorgimento

Italy is celebrating her 150th birthday. On the occasion Marco Pizzo, director of Museo centrale del Risorgimento in Rome, publishes a volume collecting photographs of the event. Taking this book and photos of Risorgimento as a starting point Michele Smargiassi, in his always interesting blog, reflects on italian photographic history.

If “glory and war” do not appear in this photos, he writes, it is not for technical reasons but for the fact that italian photographers were studio photographers. So they represented facts and events as they would have done with studio portraits.

It reminds me of the plurality of factors we have to consider if we want to use photos as documents for history. Contextualization is crucial for historians, obviously. And it extends when we work with media, as photos. Technical development, photographic culture of producers and users, visual habits,  actual circulation of the images are only some of the elements we have to contemplate.

This is just one of the reasons why I think that it would be fundamental to start a serious work on small photographers. The ones who do not have a name in photography handbooks.