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Robert Hariman Analyzes Magnum Aesthetic at CELSA

Northwestern University Professor, Robert Hariman, will give a public talk tomorrow, at CELSA.

Seeing the Stranger in the Mirror: Everyday Life in Magnum’s Public World

(conference in English)

Thursday, 25 October 2012 – 2.30-5pm
CELSA, 77 rue de Villiers, 92200 Neuilly sur Seine

The Magnum Photo archive provides a rich resource for understanding how photography is a medium for modern social thought.  The Magnum aesthetic exemplifies how photography can be a small language about vernacular life in a public world.  By concentrating social energy along these three vectors, the photographic image activates a strong form of spectatorship while exploring the deep tensions that define social experience.  Magnum artistry exemplifies how to see social relations, the unsaid, social things, social structure, isolation and exclusion, and the transformative potential of ordinary interactions.