Photography's Afterlives Conference



Photography's Afterlives Conference is in conjunction with the School Photos and Their Afterlives Exhibit, January 16-April 12, 2020, Hood Museum of Art.


Thursday, April 2, 2020


Hood Museum


History Department

Intended Audience(s)



PHOTOGRAPHY’S AFTERLIVES brings together artists, photo historians, curators, and theorists of visual culture to reflect on the afterlives of everyday vernacular images.  Speakers will discuss how photography as a practice of everyday life acquires new meanings as images are collected, displayed, and reframed in changing historical and political circumstances. Looking at a variety of photographic genres (portraits and selfies, ID and passport photos, family photos, school pictures, street photos, prison photographs, tourist images and more) from different parts of the world, and at the work of artists who reframe and comment on them, conference speakers will explore the ways in which photography not only documents but actually shapes personal, social and political life. 

This comparative discussion across photography’s multiple geographies and histories promises to add to current theoretical inquiries into everyday photographic practices.  Engaging specifically what photos do when they are taken, and what they continue to do as historical, memorial and aesthetic objects, this conference will also reflect on what they can do as media of activism and social transformation.

For more information, contact:

Gail Patten
[email protected]

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