Staging Photographs

Talk by Professor David Bate (University of Westminster)

The history of staging plays and staging photographs can be seen to converge in the documentation of a theatre performance. However, the staging of scenes for still photographs has its own history, which brings its new specific qualities of aesthetics to representation and perception. This talk will explore the interaction of these practices of theatre and photography, and the issues that emerge from them.

David Bate is Professor of Photography and the course director of the MA Photographic Studies programme at the University of Westminster. David is known for his critical and historical work on photography and his own photographic practice. His books include Zone, Photography: Key Concepts, Photography and Surrealism and he is co-editor of the journal Photographies.

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