Photography & place symposium Subject and object in 21st century photography

What do subject and object mean (or what can they mean) in photography in the 21st century?

Art Exhibition previously on at Art Gallery of New South Wales in Australia.
From Saturday 09 April 2011 to Saturday 09 April 2011
Launch Saturday 09 April 2011, 11am–4pm Symposium

Canberra suite no 2 1980 printed c1984 image

Published by Art Gallery of New South Wales on Monday 21 March 2011.
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Photography is a constantly mutating medium, reacting to (and sometime precipitating) changes in art, society, politics and technology. In the 21st century, photographic practice has come into increasingly close contact with other art forms and, through the virtual environment, an increasingly diverse audience.

However, few new theoretical frameworks for considering contemporary photography have arisen to push photographic theory beyond the seminal work of writers such as Barthes, Benjamin, Sontag and Krauss. This symposium, the first of a new annual series of symposia dedicated to photography, explores new ways of thinking about the medium in the 21st century. Have new frameworks for considering contemporary photography arisen? If so, what are they?

The exhibition Photography & place examines recent Australian landscape photography and its relationship to ideas of place and culture. A particular concern of the exhibition is to identify the role of the photographer as a mediator and storyteller. The exhibition includes work from eighteen artists such as Bill Henson, Jon Rhodes, Lynn Silverman, Simryn Gill, Ricky Maynard, David Stephenson, Rosemary Laing and Paul Ogier.