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Carolyn Drake Floating on north shore of the great salt lake near the Spiral Jetty. Benjamin Anderson, a student. In 1959, a 30-foot stone railroad causeway replaced the battered wood trestle. As a result, lake (...)

Magnum Photos and the Barbican Centre are pleased to announce an all-day symposium showcasing four panel discussions with Magnum photographers and invited guests, and two keynote presentations by speakers from the worlds of journalism and the arts. The symposium will explore four thematics closely related to the contemporary agency: trust and authenticity; humanism; imaging, technology, and the digital environment; and authorship and creativity.

Tickets are available for the whole day or a half day (morning or afternoon sessions only).

A separate programme of free events will also take place from 24 till 30 June in the foyer of the Barbican in the context of the Life Rewired programme. Events will include book signings, informal in-conversation, and editing workshops. More information here.

Alessandra Sanguinetti Saint-Martin-Boulogne, Pas-de-Calais, France. 2016. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos
Antoine d’ Agata Cox's Bazar. Rohingya refugee camp. Bangladesh. April 2018. © Antoine d’ Agata | Magnum Photos

Magnum Symposium: Documentary Now

Morning Session – 10am – 1.30pm

On Trust and Authenticity: Magnum photographers Jonas Bendiksen, Carolyn Drake and Alessandra Sanguinetti in conversation with Sean O’Hagan, Photography Critic at The Guardian & Observer.

Keynote speaker: Job Rabkin, Commissioning Editor, Investigations, Channel 4 News. Rabkin’s team were recently awarded one of the world’s most prestigious journalism awards, a Peabody Award for News, for their undercover investigation into Cambridge Analytica, of which he will speak about here.

Humanism: Alona Pardo, Photography Curator at the Barbican Centre, in conversation with Magnum photographers Olivia Arthur and Peter van Agtmael.

Afternoon Session – 2.30pm – 5.30pm
The Camera as Tool, exploring technology and the camera; the growing use of imaging technology within society and the photographic culture that is defined by a changing media environment and networked culture. Magnum photographers Antoine d’Agata and Sohrab Hura discuss their artistic approaches to making work in and about this environment with David Burns, Coordinator of Media Studies and visiting lecturer for ADS7 at the Royal College of Art School of Architecture.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Mark Sealy, MBE, curator, cultural historian and director of Autograph, with a particular focus on photography’s relationship to human rights, identity politics and social change.

On Authorship & Creativity: Cristina de Middel, Alex Majoli and Mikhael Subotzky will discuss the role of authorship and documentary in contemporary documentary practice with Dr Yasufumi Nakamori, Senior Curator of International Art (Photography) at Tate Modern.

Date: 26 June 2019
Time: 9.30am to 5.30pm
Location: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8HQ

Tickets

Buy half-day tickets here.

Buy whole-day tickets here.

This event was made possible thanks to the support of Wex Photo Video and Fujifilm UK.

Contact
For enquiries relating to the symposium, please email Sonia Jeunet sonia.jeunet@magnumphotos.com

Alex Majoli Scene #1350. The employees of a beauty parlour participate in a patriotic pep rally before starting work. Shenzhen, China. 2017. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos