The Grain of History: Photography and Post-War Time c.1945-55

Watson Building Lecture Theatre A (G23)
Wednesday 30 May 2018 (17:30-19:30)


What do the pictures that we take and share tell us about ourselves?

Speaker: Professor Lynda Nead  (Birkbeck College, London)

Picking out a particular historical and stylistic moment, this lecture will consider how time and history might be said to work in post-war British photojournalism. Taking a small number of Picture Post photo-stories on post-war reconstruction as a case-study, I will discuss how time is registered in the taking and printing of photographs in this period.

This lecture is the high point of a prestigious Past & Present  funded workshop that seeks to break new ground in the history of photography.

Drinks reception will follow, all comers welcome.

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