Session 4: Photography and Social Space

Speaker: Steve Edwards, Research Lecturer, Department of Art History, The Open University



In an era of increasingly global capitalist production, photographers have become more and more preoccupied with documenting social spaces. Steve Edwards’ talk considers the work that has emerged from both the documentary tradition and the legacy of conceptual art. He argues that the kinds of places represented in this work represent a substantial challenge to one of the central myths of globalisation theory - namely, that the world is increasingly becoming the same.

Further Reading

Steve Edwards, ‘Photography Out of Conceptual Art’, Gill Perry and Paul Wood eds, Themes in Comtemporary Art, Yale University Press, 2004, pp137-180

John Roberts, ‘Photography and the Social Production of Space’, Imago 2001: Encentros de Fotografia y Video, Salmanaca, 2002, pp.134-137

Allan Sekula, Fish Story, Richter Verlag, 1995