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23 November 2018TAS Chiltern Hills Area Study Day “The Art of Photography”
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TAS Chiltern Hills Area Study Day
“The Art of Photography”
Barry Venning Friday 23 November 2018

Coffee from 10.00, starts at 10.30, ends 3.30

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 a different 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.

Cost: £31 (includes refreshments & sandwich lunch)

Venue: the Hub, Easton Street, High Wycombe HP11 1NJ

Time: 10.30 am – 3.30 pm (Coffee available from 10 am.)

Contact: or 01494 521750

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