WPI Presents Four-Part Photography-Themed Series

March 16, 2012

Photo by Ed Kashi
(Photograph by Ed Kashi)

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but perhaps in this age of instant shoot and share, the idea that some photographs are actually worth so much more, is being lost. This is the musing that motivated Billy Collins, senior distinguished fellow of the Winter Park Institute (WPI) and United States Poet Laureate 2001-2003, to invite two notable photography personalities to the upcoming four-part photography-themed series being presented at Rollins from Tuesday, March 20 through Thursday, March 22.

“The common man’s view of photography is largely based on taking photos of friends or family members standing in front of statues—trying to create a scrapbook of memoires,” Collins said. He hopes his two guests, Director of the George Eastman House Museum of Photography and Film Anthony Bannon and internationally renowned photojournalist Ed Kashi, will expose WPI attendees to a deeper historical and artistic prospective of photography.

“Tony and Ed will provide a broader sense of the evolution of photography but also a deeper sense of the possibilities and the potential power of a photograph. And I think it’s going to be a pleasure to look at photographs on the big screen and to hear a practicing photographer and theorist speak about these images,” shared Collins, who was inspired to bring the concept to WPI after attending a similar event at Chautauqua Institution, the performing arts and lecture compilation that descends on southwestern New York state for nine weeks every summer.

Collins, the series’ curator, will introduce the speakers during their solo events and will moderate the discussion on poetry and photography on Wednesday, March 21. “Imagery is central to poetry; metaphor and simile defer to photographs,” Collins said. “A poem is essentially a series of photographs, like walking someone through a miniature photography gallery.”

"We're very glad to add this dimension to the varied topics Winter Park Institute has brought to Rollins College and its surrounding community,” said Gail Sinclair, director of the WPI. "What Billy Collins has coordinated is a discussion of the power photographs have to shape our view of the world around us. This will no doubt be a very engaging conversation as well as a visual feast."

Here is an overview of the series:

Anthony Bannon presents "The Photograph As Icon: A Powerful Way of Seeing"
Tuesday March 20 at 7 p.m.
Bannon will present a discussion and slideshow of the masterworks in the history of the medium—the pictures that arguably have changed and/or recorded the changes in world history and culture.

Writing With Light: An Evening Conversation About Photography and Poetry
Wednesday March 21 at 7 p.m.
Collins will engage in discussion with Bannon and Kashi about the study, practice, and power behind the art of photography.

Photography and Photojournalism: A Master Class
Thursday March 22 at 12:30 p.m.
Bannon and Kashi will discuss the art of photography from the practical aspects to the theoretical and political nature of being a successful photographer.

Ed Kashi presents "Far-Flung Places: Photographs from the Corners of the World
Thursday March 22 at 7 p.m.
Kashi will discuss his career including the techniques, procedures, and motivations behind his artful missions that have taken him and his camera to such distressed and dangerous places as the Nigerian Delta, Kurdistan, and Iraq.

All events are free and open to the public.

By Kristen Manieri

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