Critical Academy | Reading Photographs: An Introduction, with Michelle Dunn Marsh at The Library Project

This seminar is aimed at educators, professionals who work with images, such as editors, curators, and more, as well as the general public and visual artists.

It is becoming common knowledge that humans now consume more images than words daily (just over 1,500 on average). Most primary and secondary school programs globally include consistent progressive education in how to best use language in a variety of circumstances; few to none provide instruction on the interpretation of images.

This introduction to visual literacy through group viewing and discussion of 5–10 photographs is based on a curriculum developed in the 1950s by three American photographers and educators—Minor White, Walter Chappell, and Nathan Lyons—who predicted the photo-based culture we now occupy. We will walk through the process of conscious observation, discerning elements within the frame separate from our emotional responses to the photograph itself, touch on how our brains engage with imagery differently than text, and explore the distinctive positions of the photographer and the viewer.

Michelle Dunn Marsh has served in executive and creative roles in photography in the United States for the last 25 years. She co-founded Minor Matters, a collaborative publishing platform for contemporary art, in 2013, and has published 14 books to date. From 2013–2019 she served as Executive Director of Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW), where she is now Chief Strategist.

Dates: 28 May 2019
Times: 5-6:30pm
Fee: Free
Location: The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar Street, Dublin 2

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