Talk: Ben Burbridge with Charlotte Cotton (online)

Andrew Norman Wilson, still from KODAK, 2019. Courtesy Andrew Norman Wilson

Talk: Ben Burbridge with Charlotte Cotton (online)


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How should we understand photography’s interactions with political and economic systems in an age of networked computation and global capitalism? Do we need to expand our conception of photography to encompass the types of labour too often obscured by black-boxed technologies, slick platform interfaces, and the compulsion to display lives to others? What tools are available to assist with such a task? If and how can photography bring alternatives to capitalism into view?

Join Ben Burbridge and Charlotte Cotton as they explore these questions and others, in a far-reaching conversation about the politics and economics of contemporary photographic cultures, staged to mark the publication of Burbridge's new book, Photography After Capitalism.

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Watch this even from Wed 17 Feb 2021, 18.30 GMT

Talk: Ben Burbridge with Charlotte Cotton


Ben Burbridge is Senior Lecturer in Art History and Co-Director of the Centre for Photography and Visual Culture at University of Sussex. A former Editor of Photoworks magazine and co-founder of Ph: The Photography Research Network, his publications include Revelations: Experiments in Photography (Mack, 2015), Photography Reframed: New Visions in Contemporary Photographic Culture (I. B Tauris, 2018) and Photography After Capitalism (Goldsmiths, 2020).

Charlotte Cotton has held positions including Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Head of Programming at The Photographers’ Gallery, and Curator and Head of the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Cotton’s book The Photograph as Contemporary Art has been published in ten languages and is a key text in charting the rise of photography as an art form in the twenty-first century.

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