Natalie Zelt, Aaron Blum, Eliza Lamb, Kurt Simonson, & Ashly Stohl
Saturday, March 14 - 9:00AM to 10:45AM
Photography is often a means for encountering and documenting the unknown. The camera can be a tool for exploration, an impetus for engagement with persons and places beyond the photographer's immediate sphere. But what changes when a photographer's focus shifts to familiar communities or intimate spaces? Does the act of photographing make a subject more familiar or does it create a new kind of distance? What does it mean to photograph from within a community, to allow the personal to define the boundaries of a project? This panel is comprised of four photographers whose recent work marks a shift in focus to intimate and personal geographies. These artists respond to what Lucy Lippard calls the 'lure of the local,' the particular significance of a person or place because of the photographer's invisible, affective connection. This panel, facilitated by a moderator, will encourage conversation about issues faced by photographers who document their community relationships and familiar spaces.