Centre for Photography and Visual Culture

Simon Baker (Tate Modern) - Conflict, Time, Photography

Thursday 12 February, 18.00-20.00
Lecture Theatre Arts A002, University of Sussex

Night Music 2Simon Baker, Curator of Photography and International Art, talks about the curremt Tate Modern exhibition Conflict, Time, Photography                               

From the seconds after a bomb is detonated to a former scene of battle years after a war has ended, Conflict, Time, Photography focuses on the passing of time, tracing a diverse and poignant journey through over 150 years of conflict around the world, since the invention of photography. Baker will discuss his innovative decision to order photographs according to how long after the event they were created from moments, days and weeks to decades later. Photographs taken seven months after the fire bombing of Dresden are shown alongside those taken seven months after the end of the First Gulf War. Images made in Vietnam 25 years after the fall of Saigon are shown alongside those made in Nakasaki 25 years after the atomic bomb. The result is the chance to make never-before-made connections while viewing the legacy of war as artists and photographers have captured it in retrospect.

The event is free. All welcome.

Organised in collaboration with Photoworks