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Bearing Witness Symposium

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Sunday, March 16, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

Bearing Witness Symposium

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Bearing Witness Symposium

Sunday, March 16, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater
701 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Given the power and pervasiveness of photography in both art and everyday life, what is the significance of the rapid and fundamental changes that the field is undergoing? How have social media, digital cameras, and amateur photojournalism altered the way photographs capture the everyday, define current events, and steer social and political movements? How have photographers responded to these shifting conditions, as well as to the new ways in which images are understood, shared, and consumed? How have our expectations of photography changed? Bearing Witness, a one-day symposium hosted by SFMOMA, considers these questions and assesses the ways in which photography matters now more than ever.


Pete Brook, editor of prisonphotography.org; blogger for Wired; freelance writer and curator
David Guttenfelder, chief photographer in Asia for the Associated Press
Mike Krieger, co-founder, Instagram
Susan Meiselas, photographer, Magnum Photos

Margaret Olin, senior research scholar, Yale University
Doug Rickard, artist and founder of americansuburbx.com and theseamericans.com
Kathy Ryan, director of photography, The New York Times Magazine
Zoe Strauss, artist, Magnum Photos

Additional participants to be announced

Convened by Erin O’Toole, associate curator of photography, SFMOMA, and Dominic Willsdon, Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Programs, SFMOMA, Bearing Witness is made possible by generous support from the Fraenkel Gallery Fund for New Studies in Photography.

Bearing Witness is preceded on March 14 and 15 by Visual Activism, a two-day symposium that explores relationships between visual culture and activist practices. Both are presented in conjunction with the exhibition Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa (on view at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts from February 21 to June 29, 2014).

Free with pre-registration.

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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater
701 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Sunday, March 16, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

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