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Live Stream: Bearing Witness, hosted by SFMOMA

Given the power and pervasiveness of photography in both art and everyday life, what is the significance of the rapid and fundamental changes that the field is undergoing? How have social media, digital cameras, and amateur photojournalism altered the way photographs capture the everyday, define current events, and steer social and political movements? How have photographers responded to these shifting conditions, as well as to the new ways in which images are understood, shared, and consumed? How have our expectations of photography changed?

 These questions, central to the conversations presented in the current issue of Aperture magazine, “Documentary, Expanded”, will be explored this weekend during a one-day symposium hosted by SFMOMA, assessing the ways in which photography matters now more than ever.

“Bearing Witness”, organized by Erin O’Toole, SFMOMA associate curator of photography and Dominic Willsdon, SFMOMA Curator of Education and Public Programs, will be streaming live from the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, Sunday, March 16, 2014, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Participants include Pete Brook, editor of, blogger for Wired, freelance writer and curator; Mike Krieger, cofounder, Instagram; Benjamin Lowy, photographer; Susan Meiselas, photographer, Magnum Photos; Margaret Olin, senior research scholar, Yale University; Doug Rickard, artist and founder of and; Kathy Ryan, director of photography, The New York Times Magazine; Zoe Strauss, artist, Magnum Photos; and additional participants to be announced.

Tune in on Sunday for a free live stream of the sold out event (RSVP to add your name to the waitlist), and follow the conversation on Twitter with #bearingwitness.

The Spring 2014 issue of Aperture magazine, “Documentary, Expanded”, guest edited by Susan Meiselas, is now available.

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