21 Feb.

Talk: David Campany at MAST. Pharmacy, photography and work

Bologna, February 21, 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 6.30 p.m. writer, curator and artist, working mainly with photography, will meet the audience at the Auditorium of MAST in Bologna. Starting from his essay included in PhotoRx. Pharmacy in Photography Since 1850 (Damiani, 2017), David Campany’s lecture at MAST will discuss with Urs Stahel and will focus on the role of pharmacies in photography, seen on one hand as sociological goldmines, packed with period detail, and on the other hand as a frequent presence in street photography of all times.

For a number of reasons, the pharmacy has held a key place in the history of photography. It is where, for decades, countless millions of American and European amateur photographers bought their rolls of film. Buying film, bringing it back, and then collecting prints entailed three separate visits, a routine that pharmacies were eager to capture. Moreover, many pharmacies became neighborhood hubs, serving food as well as selling pharmaceuticals, household goods, and photographic items.

Among Campany's recent books: A Handful of Dust (2015), The Open Road: photography and the American road trip (2014), Walker Evans: the magazine work (2014), Gasoline (2013), Jeff Wall: Picture for Women (2010), Photography and Cinema (2008) and Art and Photography (2003). He contributes to Frieze, ApertureSource and Tate magazine. Recent curatorial projects include The Still Point of the Turning World: Between Film and Photography, FoMu Antwerp, 2017; The Open Road: photography and the American road trip (various venues, USA, 2016-); A Handful Dust (various international venues). He teaches at the University of Westminster, London.

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  1. PhotoRx: Pharmacy in Photography Since 1850 Deborah Goodman Davis

    € 40,00

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