Presented as part of revolve’s series of workshops, exhibitions, lectures, and forums celebrating the traditions and practices of the arts and exploring new directions for creativity in the 21st century
SEMINAR with Colby Caldwell, former Associate Professor of Art at St. Mary's College of Maryland, and founding member of REVOLVE.
Have you ever considered how the photograph has informed, influenced, and infiltrated how you perceive both the world around you and the memories that conjure it? Has it occurred to you that your perception of history - both the personal and the political - might be due to the use of black and white, Kodachrome, or even AdobeRGB colorspace? The writer Susan Sontag wrote, “Photographs are perhaps the most mysterious of all the objects that make up, and thicken, the environment we recognize as modern."
We will investigate this "environment" and examine how different contexts can vastly change our perception of the photograph. For example, we might first see a photograph on Facebook, but then reproduced in Time magazine. Which photograph do we view as important, or perhaps more meaningful?
Folks will examine photographs from art history as well as from their own personal collection. You will not need a camera for the class, though most of you will have one via your phone. Which in turn, will provide us with one of our discussion topics.