Talk: Writer Conversations

06:30pm - 07:45pm, Thu 23 Mar 2023

Why is photography writing important at this moment in history?

Product shot featuring five softcover copies of Writer Coversations

Talk: Writer Conversations

6:30pm, Thu 23 Mar 2023

Why is photography writing important at this moment in history?

This event is part of our Past Programme

In this new talk organised in collaboration with 1000 Words, we look at the bonds between looking and writing, seeing and “entering” images. Featuring contributions from art historian and curator Taous Dahmani, artist and critic Lucy Soutter, and artist and curator Duncan Wooldridge, we will explore their individual working processes, their motivations, and key concerns and ideas in the study of photography today.

This event will be chaired by Tim Clark (Editor in Chief, 1000 Words) and coincides with the publication of Writer Conversations (2023). In addition to those mentioned above, Writer Conversations includes contributions from Tina M. Campt, David Campany, David Levi Strauss, Christopher Pinney, Joanna Zylinska and Simon Njami, alongside many others.


Tim Clark is Editor in Chief of 1000 Words and Artistic Director for Fotografia Europea in Reggio Emilia, Italy, together with Walter Guadagnini, Director of CAMERA, Torino, Italy and Luce Lebart, curator, photo historian and researcher at Archive of Modern Conflict. He is also serving as curatorial advisor for the Discovery section of Photo London 2022 and 2023. Clark teaches on BA (Hons) Photography at The Institute of Photography, Falmouth University.

Taous Dahmani is a London-based French, British and Algerian art historian, writer and curator specialising in photography. Her projects mainly involve the links between photography and politics — such as the visual culture of protests, migratory narratives, and intersectional feminist discourses. Dahmani is Editor for The Eyes magazine, a trustee of the Photo Oxford Festival and on the editorial board of MAI: Visual Culture and Feminism. She was the 2022 curator of the Louis Roederer Discovery Award at Les Rencontres d’Arles. She is currently working alongside photographer Joy Gregory on a publication entitled Shining Lights. Black women in photography in the 1980’s-90’s (MACK/Autograph, July 2023).

Lucy Soutter is an artist, critic and art historian.
She is Course Leader of MA Photography Arts at the University of Westminster, and is the author of Why Art Photography? (Routledge, 2nd ed. 2018), translated into Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Farsi. A founding partner
of the Global Photographies Network, her current research explores expanded photographic practices, contemporary narrative and issues of cultural translation.

Duncan Wooldridge is an artist, writer and curator. He is Course Director for MA Fine Art Photography at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, and
 is the author of John Hilliard: Not Black and White (Ridinghouse, 2014) and To Be Determined: Photography and the Future (SPBH Editions, 2021). A founder of the Global Photographies Network, his research examines experimental photographic process and art and photography’s interconnections. 


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