December 01, 2012

The Latin American Photobook Symposium

At Aperture Gallery and Bookstore - New York, NY

Special Event

The Latin American Photobook Symposium

Saturday, December 1

5:30 p.m. EDT

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore 547 West 27th Street New York, NY

Seating is on a first come, first-served basis.

Join Aperture for a one-day symposium, a full day of discussion about the Latin American Photobook. The symposium accompanies the exhibition curated by Horacio Fernández.

Organized by Aperture in association with the Council for International Teaching and Research and the Program in Latin American Studies at Princeton University (US

10:00 a.m. Introduction and brief walkthrough of the exhibition by curator Horacio Fernández

10:45 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.
Memories / Correspondences
Marcelo Brodsky (photographer, Argentina) and Eduardo Cadava (professor, Princeton University)
Presentation of an ongoing series of workshops and publications focusing on the educational potential of photography in the classroom. Followed by a discussion on cultivating visual literacy as a tool in mediating traumatic experiences and constructing new narratives through archival materials and new photographic images.

12:15 – 1:30 pm
Contemporary Photography and the Photobook: Between Latin America and Spain–Featuring Rámon Reverte (publisher, Mexico and Spain), Iatã Cannabrava (photographer and curator, Brazil), and Claudi Carreras (curator, Spain and Brazil)
In 2010, Editorial RM initiated a competition that selects for publication a previously unpublished project by photographers from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. The winners of previous editions of the prize will be introduced, after which there will be a discussion of the state of contemporary photography in Latin America and the intersection of Latin American and Iberian photographic culture.

1:30 — 2:30 BREAK

2:45 — 4:00 p.m.
Horacio Fernández (Spain), curator at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, and curator and author of The Latin American Photobook, in conversation with David Levi Strauss (US), author, critic, and chair of the Art Criticism and Writing MFA Program at the School of Visual Arts, New York.

Horacio Fernández, curator and author of The Latin American Photobook, wrote Fotografia Publica (1999), one of the first major books about the photobook. Shortly thereafter, Andrew Roth’s The Book of 101 Books was published, featuring the research and writing of David Levi Strauss, among other authors. Fernández and Levi Strauss discuss the growing area of research, scholarship, and critical writing around the photobook.

4:15– 5:30 p.m.
Pablo Ortiz Monasterio (photographer and editor, Mexico) and Sara Facio (photographer and editor, Argentina), moderated by Gabriela Nouzeilles
Presentation and discussion about La Azotea and Rio de Luz, two artist-driven Latin American publishers. Sara Facio and Pablo Ortiz Monasterio have both worked as photographers, editors, and publishers; they will introduce their individual publishing efforts on behalf of other photographers as well as their own photographic work.


On the occasion of the exhibition The Latin American Photobook, this symposium has been made possible in part with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Tinker Foundation, The Council for International Teaching and Research and the Program in Latin American Studies at Princeton University, Estrellita and Daniel Brodsky, and the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York. With additional thanks to the International Center of Photography and Fundacion Televisa.


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