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The Portrait in Contemporary Photography at the Guggenheim

Amy, The Krazyhouse, Liverpool, England, December 23, 2008.; color photograph

Amy, The Krazyhouse, Liverpool, England, December 23, 2008. Archival inkjet print, 96.5 x 75 cm. Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris © Rineke Dijkstra

Coinciding with Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective, an upcoming lecture at the Guggenheim by Yale University Professor Carol Armstrong will examine the place of portraiture in contemporary photography on a global stage. Looking at changing concepts of personhood against the historical background of portraiture in painting and other traditional mediums, this lecture will track the shift to photographic portraiture in the nineteenth century, and the further shift in photography, in the 1970s and ’80s, toward large-scale imagery and references to art history.

The lecture will be held October 2 at 6:30 pm. Tickets are available here.

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