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MoMA Forum on Contemporary Photography

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Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

*This is event is by invitation only. Please tune in to MoMA's livestream to watch the event from home.

Conceived as an experimental platform for free-form critical discussions, the Forums on Contemporary Photography are designed to engage in debates about the perspectives and scope of contemporary photography with leading artists, curators, and theorists in the field.

For this forum, Kaja Silverman, the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania will lead a discussion about her new book The Miracle of Analogy, the first of a two-volume reconceptualization of photography, published by Stanford University Press. Lead speakers Andre Dombrowski, Associate Professor of History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania; Eve Meltzer, Associate Professor of Visual Studies and Visual Culture in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University; and Howard Singerman, the Phyllis and Josef Caroff Professor of Fine Arts, Department Chair, Hunter College, City University of New York, will discuss with Ms. Silverman her present volume, which focuses on the nineteenth century and some of its contemporary progeny. It begins with the camera obscura, which morphed into chemical photography and lives on in digital form, and ends with Walter Benjamin. Key figures discussed along the way include Nicéphore Niépce, Louis Daguerre, William Fox-Talbot, Jeff Wall, Joan Fontcuberta, Abelardo Morell and John Dugdale .