From Soviet propaganda to the ubiquitous smartphone, Trafficking images explores histories and theories of photographic transmission.

Photography symposium: Trafficking images

Art Gallery of NSW, Sat 18 Apr

 Held in conjunction with the exhibition The photograph and Australia, the symposium addresses a key aspect of the medium of photography: its apparent ability to move effortlessly and pervasively through physical and virtual worlds.

The photograph is defined by its capacity for reproduction, repetition and dissemination; even unique objects like daguerreotypes and ambrotypes have travelled around the world as mementos, records and evidence. Trafficking images implies both licit and illicit activities in the making, movement and consumption of these objects, raising questions about the histories that photographic images actually relate and how we might fulfil the destiny of this ubiquitous medium.

Speakers include Geoffrey Batchen (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ), Keum Hyun Han (independent curator & researcher, Korea) and Australian artist Patrick Pound.

Bookings essential, costs apply:

Don’t forget, if you sign up as a Member to Head On  by the 15th, you can win a double pass to the symposium valued at $130.


Image: Unknown photographer Australian scenery, Middle Harbour, Port Jackson c1865 (detail) carte de visite, 5.8 × 8.6 cm, Art Gallery of NSW, gift of Josef & Jeanne Lebovic, Sydney 2014

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