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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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"Camera Shy: Public and Private Intimacy from Scandinavia"

Photographs by Pekka Turunen and Margaret M. de Lange

Friday, March 23 - 1:00PM to 1:45PM
Grand Ballroom A

This lecture will focus on two Scandinavian photographers, Pekka Turunen from Finland and Margaret M. de Lange from Norway. Intimate portraits have been the dominant subject matter of their artistic research. From the mid-1980s, Turunen has worked exclusively in color while de Lange beginning after 2000 works exclusively in black and white.

Turunen's project is a collaborative affair. His subjects stand willingly in front of the camera as he directs what the final image will reveal, while Margaret M. de Lange's lens is a fly on the wall, almost as if the camera was in the hands of an invisible yet all seeing, all knowing ghost. Turunen's subjects project individuality of spirit whereas de Lange's epitomize the inner catharsis of last chance hopes.

Turunen and de Lange are well known in their own countries but have marginal presence in America and especially on the west coast.

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