The Photographic Sublime (Talk)

January 21, 2020 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Scott Primary School
Hawk Drive
Bedford MK41 7JA

Speaker – Dr Tom Peck

The Photographic Sublime

How the traditions of the sublime in art influence the photography of the past, the present and the future.

Dr Thomas Peck (contributor to Black & White Photography and traces the roots of the English and German traditions of the sublime: “think awesome / fearful vs transcendent / mystical nature,”  and shows how these have influenced the early photographers of the landscape through to the modern day.

With examples stretching from painters like Turner and Caspar David Friedrich and photos from a wide selection including Carleton E Watkins to M Kenna to S Salgado to A Adams to H Sugimoto, plus the author’s own pictures. The presentation is a fascinating insight into a cultural trend which is sure to provoke some debate, especially when we look into the future at how photography and the sublime might continue to interact in the 21st century




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