KEYNOTE PANEL: Digital Culture and the Photographic Condition

Featuring Mary Anne Redding, Aziza Murray, Daniel W. Coburn, Maggie Blanchard, moderated by David Bram

Presented by 516 ARTS and UNM Art Museum for PhotoSummer 2015

The digital age – with its speed, high-saturation, and un-ending accessibility – has shifted the condition of the photographic medium. A paradox exists wherein the artist and the viewer have access to a vast, global collection of photography and related scholarship, yet are engaging work at a distance without the personal connection of a physical encounter with the art object. Curator and co-founder of Fraction Magazine, David Bram, will lead a conversation illuminating the various ways that photographers negotiate these issues and continue to create powerful work in an era of digitization.

Location: UNM Art Museum, Center for the Arts complex off of Redondo Drive near the UNM Bookstore. MAP

Mary Anne Redding, curator at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University (Boone, NC), has more than 30 years experience working as a curator, archivist, librarian, educator and arts administrator. She has written and published numerous essays on photography and contemporary art. Most recently she was the Curator of the Marion Center for Photographic Arts and the Chair of the Photography Department at Santa Fe University of Art & Design.

Aziza Murray, who is attending graduate school in the UNM College of Fine Arts, is primarily a photographer, working with themes of home, loss, displacement and beauty. She has previously traveled and photographed in India and Ireland, and used photography as a medium to discuss racial prejudice and identification. Her MFA thesis show, Tinstagrams, was a collection of 95 tintyped, Instagram photographs.

Daniel W. Coburn is a photographer and professor whose work and research investigates the family photo album employed as one component of a visual infrastructure that supports the flawed ideology of the American Dream. His work has been published widely, most recently appearing in the International New York Times. He received his MFA with distinction from UNM in 2013, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Photo Media at the University of Kansas.

Maggie Blanchard is Director of Twin Palms Publishers, which has published exceptional photography and art books with an emphasis on monographs for over 30 years. Each beautifully made book honors the original work while creating an object that has a life of its own. Formerly, Maggie was Co-Director of CENTER. Her experience there gave her the opportunity to view thousands of porfolios and gain familiarity with the network of industry professionals.

David Bram, panel moderator, is the co-founder of Fraction Magazine and guest curator of the exhibition Fraction of a Second. He has reviewed portfolios at over 20 national events including PhotoLucida, Fotofest, PhotoNOLA, Review LA and Review Santa Fe; and has been a juror for Critical Mass for the past four years. He has been a reviewer at Fotofest Moscow and a curator at the Lishui Photography Festival in China, and is the recipient of the Griffin Museum of Photography's Rising Star Award. 

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PhotoSummer is a new collaborative initiative that strives to represent and actively promote historical and contemporary photography in New Mexico. PhotoSummer 2015 features exhibitions and public programs in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, focusing on contemporary photography that spans regional, national and international artists, curators and scholars. 


Images: (top) Daniel Coburn, Fare for the Ferryman, 2014, archival inkjet print • photo of Mary Anne Redding by Karen Kuehn