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Jun 26 - Jun 26 2019


Barbican Centre

Silk Street

London, EC2Y 8HQ


An all-day programme of talks and discussions exploring contemporary issues in photography.

Magnum Photos and the Barbican Centre are pleased to announce an all-day symposium showcasing four panel discussions with Magnum photographers and invited guests, and two keynote presentations by speakers from the worlds of journalism and the arts. The symposium will explore four thematics closely related to the contemporary agency: trust and authenticity; humanism; imaging, technology, and the digital environment; and authorship and creativity.

Tickets are available for the whole day or a half day (morning or afternoon sessions only).

A separate programme of free events will also take place from 24 till 30 June in the foyer of the Barbican in the context of the Life Rewired programme. Events will include book signings, informal in-conversation, and editing workshops. More information to be announced shortly.

Magnum Symposium: Documentary Now

Morning Session - 10am - 1.30pm
On Trust and Authenticity: Magnum photographers Jonas Bendiksen, Carolyn Drake, Alessandra Sanguinetti, in conversation with photography writer and critic at The Guardian and The Observer, Sean O'Hagan.

Keynote speaker: Job Rabkin, Commissioning Editor, Investigations, Channel 4 News. Rabkin’s team were recently awarded one of the world's most prestigious journalism awards, a Peabody Award for News, for their undercover investigation into Cambridge Analytica, of which he will speak about here.

Humanism: Alona Pardo, Photography Curator at the Barbican Centre, in conversation with Magnum photographers Olivia Arthur and Peter van Agtmael.

Afternoon Session - 2.30pm - 5.30pm
The Camera as Tool, exploring technology and the camera; the growing use of imaging technology within society and the photographic culture that is defined by a changing media environment and networked culture. Magnum photographers Antoine d’Agata and Sohrab Hura discuss their artistic approaches to making work in and about this environment.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Mark Sealy, MBE, curator, cultural historian and director of Autograph, with a particular focus on photography's relationship to human rights, identity politics and social change.

On Authorship & Creativity: Cristina de Middel, Alex Majoli and Mikhael Subotzky will discuss the role of authorship and documentary in contemporary documentary practice with Dr Yasufumi Nakamori, Senior Curator of International Art (Photography) at Tate Modern.

Date: 26 June 2019
Time: 9.30am to 5.30pm
Location: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8HQ

More information and to purchase tickets here.

This event was made possible thanks to the support of Wex Photo Video and Fujifilm UK.

For enquiries relating to the symposium, please email Sonia Jeunet