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Thinking Through Photographs

June 3, 2020 - ongoing


Initially developed as an exhibition of questions and prompts, Thinking through Photographs is presented here as a downloadable resource binder. As an accompaniment to UB Anderson Gallery’s yearlong focus on photography, Thinking through Photographs compiles literature on many facets of photography in response to new and enduring debates about the medium’s appeal to truth and reality.

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This project is organized around eight topics, each offering a constellation of questions as a way to navigate our image-saturated world. The topics build on one another and shape a multidimensional perspective of photographs as objects and images, as agents of history and instigators of contemporary conversations. As imaging technologies evolve, so does our thinking around what we see and how we see. Hence, we draw on the work of artists, scholars, and teachers who urge us to look in-depth and with care, and offer myriad ways for us to think through photographs.

Thinking through Photographs is organized by Liz Park, Curator, with Hope Mora, Graduate Assistant, and is designed by Chris Lee. Special thanks to Shannon Ebner and Sara Greenberger Rafferty.



Thinking Through Photographs: A Virtual Reading Group

The University at Buffalo Art Galleries and Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh will co-host a virtual reading group to take place in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. This free virtual reading group will meet regularly for eight sessions, covering one topic each meeting. A rotating group of guest artists, curators, and writers will facilitate each meeting, bringing their own perspectives and specialties, along with a selection of images for consideration along with the texts. This reading group is designed to be a participatory and accessible convening for all who are curious about photography’s past, present, and future to discuss the most vital issues facing the medium.

Thinking through Photographs: A Virtual Reading Group is organized by Liz Park, David Oresick, Kate Kelley, Leo Hsu, Emily Reynolds, and Jillian Daniels. Thinking through Photographs resource binder was created by Liz Park, Hope Mora, and Chris Lee. Register ›››


Fall 2020

Spring 2021

Topic 1: Photographs in (1829) 2020

Tuesday, September 15th, 5:30 pm EST

Facilitator: Liz Park

Topic 5: Unlearning Photographs

Tuesday, Feb 2, 5:30 pm EST

Facilitators: Jared Thorne and Yola Monakhov Stockton

Topic 2: Excess of Photographs

Tuesday, October 6th, 5:30 pm EST

Facilitator: Dan Leers

Topic 6: How Do Photographs Teach?

Tuesday, March 9, 5:30 pm EST

Facilitators: Shannon Ebner and Sara Greenberger Rafferty

Topic 3: Listening to Photographs

Wednesday, October 28th, 5:30 pm EST

Facilitator: Dawit L. Petros

Topic 7: How Do Photographs Perform?

Tuesday, March 23, 5:30 pm EST

Facilitator: Kim Beck

Topic 4: Violent Photographs

Tuesday, December 8th, 5:30 pm EST

Facilitator: Zora J. Murff

Topic 8 How Are Photographs Made?

Tuesday, April 20, 5:30 pm EST

Facilitator: John Opera


Watch past virtual reading group sessions on YouTube.›››

Tuesday, June 24, 2020, 5:30 PM

Picturing Realities: Qualities of Representation Starting Now with Sara Greenberger Rafferty and Liz Park