Poisoned Pictures — Photography & Ecology
Symposium: 5 April 2019, 2—5 pm.
A cooperation of the European Society for the History of Photography (ESHPh) with KunstHausWien within the frames of FOTO WIEN 2019.
Since the invention of the medium, the photographic image of nature has played a decisive role in the perception of nature. Photography serves as a scientific method of knowledge in biology and as visual proof of earlier expeditions into unknown terrain. Nature as a rural and suburban landscape has always been an unbrokenly popular photographic theme, which seems inexhaustible both aesthetically and in terms of content. Since we can explore the jungle or an alpine mountain range using the photographic equipment without leaving our living room, photography also has a decisive influence on our ideas of nature and ecological contexts. Today, photography is also a powerful, if not the most powerful means of drawing attention to the catastrophic environmental effects of consumer behaviour. But still photography has its limits.
The conference aims to shed light on the role of photography in the perception of nature and its possibilities for a new environmental awareness from different perspectives and from the beginning of the medium until today. The proceedings will be published in PhotoResearcher No 32, October 2019.
Sabine Flach, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Gisela Parak, TU Bergakademie Freiberg
Christoph Schaden, Technischen Hochschule Georg Simon Ohm in Nurenberg
Liz Wells, University of Plymouth
Aura Seikkula, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Otto Wagner Austrian Postal Savings Bank,
Georg-Coch-Platz 2, 1010 Wien