17th International Symposium

Retracing the Image: The Emergence of Photography in the Nineteenth Century

16 to 17 June 2000, Museum for Photography, Film & Television, Bradford/UK

Session 1
Chair: Ian Jeffrey, historian

Anne McCauley, Professor of Art History, University of Massachusetts, Boston
»Natural Philosophy, Romanticism, and the Invention of Photography«

Mike Ware, Consultant to the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford
»‘A Vibration in the Phosphorus’: Luminescence and the Invention of Photography«

Michael Gray
»From the Land of the Cimmeran Darkness: The Idea of Photography«

Douglas Nickel, Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
»Talbot’s Natural Magic«

Session 2
Chair: Pam Roberts, Royal Photographic Society, Bath

Graham Smith, Professor of Art History and Curator of Painting at the University St Andrews
»The Reception of Talbot’s Invention in Italy«

Nancy Keeler, Independent art historian, Paris
»Inventors and Entrepreneurs: the Early History of Calotype Exploitation«

André Gunthert, art historian, Secretary General of the Société Francaise de Photographie and Editor of études photographiques, Paris
»The Name of Photography: the Reception of the Work of William Henry Fox Talbot in France«

Stephen Bann, Professor of Modern Cultural Studies at the University of Kent
»Photography, Printmaking and the Visual Economy in the 19th Century France«

Session 3
Chair: David Bate, University of Westminster, London

Catherine Rogers, artist, independent scholar, Australia
»The Nature of Evidence: ‘The Pencil of Nature’, WHF Talbot, Photography and the Camera«

Steve Edwards, lecturer in art history at the Open University, Derby
»The Dialectics of Skill in Talbot’s Dream World«

Carol Armstrong, Professor of Women and Gender Studies and Art and Archaeology, Princeton University
»A Scene in a Library: reading ‘The Pencil of Nature’«

Joel Snyder, Professor and Chair, Department of Art History, University of Chicago
»Enabling Confusion«

Session 4
Chair: Graham Clarke, University of Kent

Larry Schaaf, currently Professor at the University of Glasgow and Project Director for The Correspondence of William Henry Fox Talbot
»The Lost Talbot – Thoughts Towards Retrieving a Legacy«

Hubertus von Amelunxen, Professor of Cultural Studies and the founding Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research at the Muthesius Academy of Architecture, Design and Fine Arts in Kiel
»Talbot and the Conception of Contemporaneity«

Mike Weaver, Professorial Fellow Emeritus at Linacre College, Oxford, co-editor of History of Photography
»Talbot as Artist«

Geoffrey Batchen, Associate Professor of the History of Photography at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque
»A Philosophical Window«