Concerning Photography: Photographic Networks in Britain (c. 1971 to the present)

November 25, 2021

Hear from leading curators, researchers, artists and photographers in the first in a series of events and discussions as we look at photography in the UK in the last 50 years

On 14 January 1971, The Photographers’ Gallery opened its doors with The Concerned Photographer, an exhibition that had previously been shown in the United States, Switzerland and Japan, and which presented photography as the optimum medium to document social conditions. This online conference has been organised to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of The Photographers’ Gallery in 1971 and will explore the legacy of its innovative programming within broader infrastructures of exhibition, display and photographic practice, from the 1970s to the present day.

This is the first day in a series of talks, presentations and discussion taking place across two weeks in November and December that will showcase new research and practices focusing on the histories of photography in Britain over the last 50 years. The event will also offer a space for thinking about the future of the medium and its display, with panels addressing topics such as institutions and infrastructures and pedagogies.

Please click here for more information on sessions taking place on Wednesday 1 December and Thursday 2 December. Full programme available for download below.

This conference will be held entirely online and is a collaboration between the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and The Photographers’ Gallery.