Many artists who have worked with photography have resisted the appeal of the single image, exploring instead photography’s connections to documentation or emphasising its serial potential. Jeff Wall, however, has been at the forefront of a group of artists whose tableau photographs demand the kind of sustained attention traditionally reserved for painting or sculpture. Each speaker at this symposium has been invited to talk about a single work by Wall, analysing its distinctive character in terms of intention, production, encounter and interpretation.

Jeff Wall: Six Works – Part 1: Introduction

A video recording from the Jeff Wall: Six Works conference, with an introduction Michael Newman (Associate Professor in Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago).

Jeff Wall: Six Works – Part 2: A Picture for Women

A video recording from the conference Jeff Wall: Six Works

A Picture for Women is discussed by David Campany (Reader in the History and Theory of Photography at University of Westminster).

Jeff Wall: Six Works – Part 3: A Sudden Gust of Wind

 A video recording from the conference Jeff Wall: Six Works. A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai) is discussed by Laura Mulvey, Professor of Film Studies, Birkbeck College

Jeff Wall: Six Works – Part 4: A Donkey in Blackpool

Jeff Wall: Six Works video recordings

A Donkey in Blackpool is discussed by Steve Edwards, Reader in Art History at The Open University

Jeff Wall: Six Works – Part 5: Discussion

A video recroding from the conference Jeff Wall: Six Works featuring the first of two panel discussions by the speakers.

Jeff Wall: Six Works – Part 6: Invisible Man

A video recording of the conference Jeff Wall: Six Works. 

After Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, The Prologue is discussed by Regis Michel, Chief Curator at the Louvre and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Art History at Northwestern University

Jeff Wall: Six Works – Part 7: Night

Night. Briony Fer (Professor of Art History, University College London)

A video recording from the Jeff Wall: Six Works conference with Night. Briony Fer, Professor of Art History, University College London.

Jeff Wall: Six Works – Part 8: Spring Snow

A video recording from the Jeff Wall: Six Works conference

After Spring Snow by Yukio Mishima, Chapter 34. is discussed by Michael Fried

Michael Fried is J.R. Herbert Boone Professor of Humanities and Director of the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins University

Jeff Wall: Six Works – Part 9: Response to the day

A video recording from the Jeff Wall: Six Works conference featuring a response to the day with Sheena Wagstaff (Chief Curator at Tate Modern and curator of the Jeff Wall: Photographs 1978–2004 exhibition)

Jeff Wall: Six Works – Part 10: Discussion

A final panel discussion from the Jeff Wall: Six Works conference, chaired by Michael Newman (Associate Professor in Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago).

A collaboration with The Open University (Department of Art History)