Online Learning Series Lecture: Rehearsing Truth and Artifice in Street Photography

Online, via Zoom

When photographic technology became more portable, artists took their cameras onto the streets to capture images of everyday life. But what exactly is everyday life? Can it really be transcribed in a photograph? 

In this talk, teaching fellow Ayanna Dozier will touch on examples of street photography by Vivian Maier and Garry Winogrand and then focus on artists featured in Working Together: The Photographers of the Kamoinge WorkshopHow might the 1960s and ’70s art and thought of Louis Draper, Al Fennar, Ming Smith, and other Kamoinge photographers complicate and nuance the ways we understand spontaneity, the vernacular, and truth in photography? Dozier will also discuss works by a younger generation of contemporary photographers including Deana Lawson and Elle Pérez, bringing the critical investigation into the present. 

Option 1: Wednesday, December 9
6:30–7:30 pm


Option 2: Saturday, December 12
1:30–2:30 pm


Ayanna Dozier is an artist, lecturer, and curator. She received her Ph.D. from McGill University where her dissertation, Mnemonic Aberrations, examined the formal and narrative aesthetics in Black feminist experimental short films in the United Kingdom and the United States. She is the author of the 33 1/3 book on Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope. Her most recent publication, Rebellious Inventions: Abstraction in the Black Diaspora, accompanies the exhibition Abstraction in the Black Diaspora (False Flag Gallery, Long Island City, October 24–December 13, 2020), which she co-curated with Tariku Shiferaw. Dozier is currently a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney and a lecturer in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University.

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