This symposium will reflect on how and why we use the term “documentary” to
describe photography today. In what ways are artists, scholars, and curators thinking
about documentary photography? How are photographers dealing with the
evidentiary function of their pictures while notions of authenticity and truth are
broadly challenged by political conflicts and new media? How do those pictures shape
our understanding of contemporary human rights, and their violations, across the
globe? Might we also speak of documentary photography as a style unlinked to the
medium’s social functions? Participants will include photographer Nina Berman, Mary
Panzer (NYU), and Sharon Sliwinski (University of Western Ontario), with respondent
Diane Neumaier (Rutgers).
Friday, December 7, 2012
10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Teleconference Lecture Hall
169 College Avenue
Digital Art History (November 30 – December 1, 2012)
Organized by Jim Coddington
The impact of digital technology on the practice of the humanities has been a subject of considerable discussion, debate and even consternation. In the context of art history the integration of digital tools and processes has lagged, in varying degrees, in comparison to other disciplines like archaeology and literary studies. Some approaches have been fruitful, such as computational subjects like image processing for technical art history, virtual environments, visualization, use of GIS data in archaeology and others.