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Hunting + Gathering: Trends in Photo Books and Image Archives (Southwest)

When November 04-06, 2016
Where University of Arizona, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
Keynote Speaker Mishka Henner
Featured Speakers Alejandro Cartagena, Coriana Close, Conor Elliott Fitzgerald, Rhianna Gallagher, Kate Palmer Albers, Atis Puampai, Sallie Scheufler, Mike Slack, Mary Virginia Swanson, Deirdre Visser, Christian Waguespack, Phil Zimmermann
Honored Educator William Jenkins, Sheila Pinkel

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Hunting and Gathering: Trends in Photo Books and Image Archives

Physical and online platforms dedicated to the interpretation, collection and distribution of photographic image content have blossomed over the last decade. Simultaneously the photo book has enjoyed a resurgence - with a proliferation of innovative trade and independently published titles. Artist-made books that function as a malleable narrative vehicle and the image archive, in service to various conceptual frameworks, have remapped the way we consume and engage with pictures.

The 2016 West/Southwest Regional SPE conference will bring together speakers and panelists to discuss the latest developments in photographic books and image collections. Participants will examine the ways in which bodies of images are amassed, curated, narrated, sequenced, cross-referenced, published and distributed to create new forms of visual meaning.

  • November 4–6, 2016
  • Tucson, AZ
    • University of Arizona
    • Center for Creative Photography
    • Pima Community College
    • Southwest University of Visual Arts
    • Etherton Gallery

This is a joint conference between the West and Southwest regions.

Schedule is posted on this website. Subject to change.

Please note that you must make your reservation at the Aloft conference hotel by 10/18/16 in order to receive the discounted rate, subject to availability.

If you will be arriving early to Tucson, we recommend the following events on Thursday, November 3:

  • Exhibition: LOUIS CARLOS BERNAL: Arizona Unseen, Color Photographs 1978 - 1988
    • Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, Pima Community College, West Campus
    • Reception: November 3, 5–7 p.m.
    • This landmark exhibit features previously unseen color images by late photographer Louis Carlos Bernal.
  • Library Exhibition and Discussion: Remembering and Forgetting with Memorials and Through Sailor’s Eyes
    • University of Arizona Special Collections, 1510 E. University Blvd.
    • November 3, 6–8 pm
    • Professor Susan Crane questions how memorials participate in both remembering and forgetting major events or historical personages. Special Collections Director Steve Hussman explores primary resource materials such as diaries, photographs, and other materials that convey a sailor’s life on a battleship.

Conference Pricing:

Adjunct/Part-Time SPE Members: $55
Regular, Senior, and Sustaining SPE Members: $90
Student SPE Members: $25
Non-members: $190
Student non-members: $60

Cancellation Policy:

Conference registration is non-transferable and requests for a full refund must be received in writing to by October 16, 2016. After October 16, 2016, cancellations are subject to a $25 processing fee. The cancellation policy applies to all circumstances (including severe weather, natural disaster, flight cancellations, etc.).

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