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IS PHOTOGRAPHY ENOUGH? Interdisciplinary Approaches Beyond the Still Image

When November 10-11, 2017
Where 118 Elliot, Brattleboro, Vermont
Keynote Speaker Hannah Frieser

Honored Educator John Willis

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Is Photography Enough? Interdisciplinary Approaches Beyond the Still Image 
More than one trillion photographs are estimated to be made this year alone. With billions of phone-cameras in circulation, and the power to share images instantly and globally, can we still define a photographer, an artist, or even the medium itself? In a world permeated by the still image, how much does any single photograph or single moment matter? More and more artists are pushing the boundaries of photography by blending images with text, video, sculpture, collage, performance, and installation. Others remain drawn to the still image and interactions between a camera and the real world, maintaining that photographic staples like analog processes, books, and prints may be more relevant than ever.

Photography is a medium born out of technological progress, reinvented several times in its short history, and yet it continues to evolve. This raises important questions about its future for photographers and educators alike. The 2017 SPE-NE Conference considers the ways in which contemporary photographers integrate other mediums into their work as well as how artists from other fields are co-opting photography. What do we gain by working interdisciplinarily and what might we be losing along the way? Do pictures alone still have the power to affect change, to facilitate conversations, or to communicate emotions and ideas? Is photography enough?

Hannah Frieser - Keynote Presenter
Director of the Center for Photography at Woodstock

John Willis - 2017 Honored Educator
Professor at Marlboro College and co-founder of the In-Sight Photography Project

Carolyn Benedict Fraser
Out of Reach

Brad Farwell
Social Networks and the Construction of Identity: In Relation to Ralph Eugene Meatyard's The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater

Jordanna Kalman
Little Romances

Sarah MacWright & Jeffrey Smith
Through a Legal Lens

Billie Mandle
Common Places: A photography class where half
the students are 18 and half are over 80

Colleen Mullins & Bruce Myren
Shark Tank: Photography Book Edition

Joan O'Bierne
The Scarf: a presentation at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center

Eric Zeigler
Drones and 3D Printers: The New Photographic Research

Pecha Kucha - Imagemaker Presentations:
Michael Cardinali - In the Field
Andrea Frank - Image Resonance
Sarah Knobel - Stillness in the Moving Image
Katharine Kreisher - Family Stories
Danielle Owensby - Hidden in Plain Sight
Nadia Sablin - The Village

Is Photography Enough? Exhibition: 
Juried by Joshua Farr, Executive Director of the Vermont Center for Photography this exhibition will be held at 118 Elliot during the 2017 SPE-Northeast Chapter Conference. Exhibition receptions will be held during the Brattleboro Gallery Walk on November 3rd, and during the SPE-Northeast Conference on November 11th, and the show will be up November 3rd–26th, 2017. This exhibition includes 36 works by the following artists:

Anne Arden McDonald
Tony Attardo
Kristi Beisecker
Richard Cavagnolo
Monica Church
Rebecca Davis
Adrienne Defendi
Colleen Fitzgerald
Carolyn Fraser
Nicholas Gaffney
Audrey Gottlieb
Eui-Jip Hwang
Alysia Kaplan
Sarah Knobel
Katharine Kreisher
Janelle Lynch
Chris Maliga
Adrian Martinez
Andy Mattern
Sandra Matthews
Alyssa Minahan
Marc Newton
Marc Ohrem-Leclef
Nicholas Pollack
Sarah Pollman
Rachel Porter
Blair Rainey
Amy Shapiro
Richella Simard
David Underwood
Judy Unger-Clark
Emily Vallee
Nathan Wagoner

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