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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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Portraiture and Identity: A Panel Discussion

Jess Dugan with Kelli Connell, Richard Renaldi and Chad States

Friday, March 07 - 3:00PM to 4:45PM
Holiday 2-3

Portraiture is simultaneously highly subjective and universally relevant. This panel is comprised of four portrait photographers whose work explores the multifaceted nature of identity through cultural categories such as gender, race, class, and sexuality. Do portraits have the power to bring identity issues to light, to affect change, and to offer a representation of under-represented communities? Where is the intersection between documentary and personal photography? When making work about identity, what is the responsibility of the photographer in regards to crafting a comprehensive or educational kind of representation? It is the goal of this panel to encourage a discussion around the relevant issues faced by portrait photographers today, specifically in regards to the intersection of identity and photographic representation.


Chad States
Chad States
Jess T. Dugan
Jess T. Dugan
Kelli Connell
Kelli Connell
Richard Renaldi
Richard Renaldi

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