The unique format of the conference will consist of one-on-one conversations between two individuals from disparate professional and research backgrounds. Each speaker will present a ten-minute presentation on the subject of photography, followed by twenty-minute dialogue responding to each other’s presentation.

WEDNESDAY April 10 – The Technical Image

9:00 AM-9:30 AM

9:45 AM-10:45 AM
“Copyleft and Image Sharing”
Katrina Sluis with Eric Saltzman

11:00 AM-12:00 PM
“Vision Machines”
Marvin Heiferman with Andreas Velten

12:00 PM-1 PM

1:00 PM-2:00PM
“The Online Image”
Laurel Ptak with Andrew Norman Wilson

2:15 PM-3:15 PM
“Photographic Truths”
Mia Fineman with Fred Ritchin

3:30 PM-4:30 PM
“Can Photographs Claim Rights?”
Thomas Keenan with Ariella Azoulay

THURSDAY April 11 – The Cultural Image

12:30 PM-1:30 PM
“The Ontology of Photographic Seeing”
Todd Cronan with Simon Critchley

1:45 PM-2:45 PM
“The Life and Death of Images”
Lynne Tillman with Eduardo Cadava

3:00 PM-4:00 PM
“Photography and Political Agency?”
Victoria Hattam with Hito Steyerl

4:15 PM-5:15 PM
“New Frontiers and Familiar Territories”
Doug Rickard with Joshua Chuang

5:30 PM-7:00 PM
“Round Table on Photography Education”
Moderated by Jeanine Oleson, with Becca Albee, Allen Frame, and Song Tae Chong

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The Life and Death of Images with Lynne Tillman and Eduardo Cadava

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Vision Machines with Marvin Heiferman and Andreas Velten

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The Online Image with Laurel Ptak and Andrew Wilson

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Image Sharing and Copyleft with Eric Saltzman

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Photographic Truths with Mia Fineman and Fred Ritchin

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Can Photographs Claim Rights? with Thomas Keenan and Ariella Azoulay

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The Ontology of Photographic Seeing with Todd Cronan and Simon Critchley

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Photography and Political Agency? with Victoria Hattam and Hito Steyerl

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New Frontiers with Doug Rickard and Joshua Chuang

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Round Table on Photography Education

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A Thing Like You and Me


“To participate in the image as thing means to participate in its potential agency – an agency that is not necessarily beneficial, as it can be used for every imaginable purpose. It is vigorous and sometimes even viral. And it will never be full and glorious, as images are bruised and damaged, just as everything else within history. History, as Benjamin told us, is a pile of rubble. Only we are not staring at it any longer from the point of view of Benjamin’s shell- shocked angel. We are not the angel. We are the rubble. We are this pile of scrap.” Hito Steyrel, excerpt from A Thing Like You and Me, e-flux Journal #15, April 2010

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Scan Ops


Andrew Norman Wilson, The Inland Printer-164, 2012

“At some point later I heard about the scanning mistakes and accidents that occur in Google’s book-scanning operations and decided to look closer. The work of the ScanOps employees is an interesting hybrid—it is a labor of digitizing informational materials that requires no cognitive involvement with the content of those materials. The labor process is quite Fordist—press button, turn page, repeat.

The workers compose part of the photographic apparatus, which in a broad sense includes not only the machinery but the social systems in which photography operates. The anonymous workers, Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the pink “finger condoms,” infrared cameras, the auto-correction software, the capital required to fund the project, the ink on my rag-paper prints, me—we’re all part of it.” –– Andrew Norman Wilson, Interview with Laurel Ptak, Aperture, Issue 210, Spring 2013

Full Interview Here

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Theses on the Concept of the Digital Simulacrum


“The deceptive nature of the digital image is not evoked by a certain resemblance of original and copy, or reality and its simulation. No matter whether faithful or unfaithful, the similitude of the simulacrum seems no longer a question of likeness or unlikeness. Instead, similarity has turned into simultaneity; it has become a question entirely occupied by time: synchronized time and temporal command.

The digital image is characterized by a promise of instant availability in so-called real time that comes along with the idea of global compatibility. Today, the illusionary character of the image lies in the proclamation of immediate access to the recorded data as well as in the idea of unlimited exchangeability bypassing any actual resemblance.” –– Florian Schneider

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Thanks to Laurel Ptak

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The Atlas Detector at CERN

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Step Into Liquid


Image from Wolfgang Tillmans’s FESPA Digital/Fruit Logistica (Walther König, 2012)

“A photographic ink-jet print on paper, an iPad drawing printed on ink-jet paper, and an original design printed on ink-jet paper are all technically exactly the same. Perhaps it’s time to rethink the remarkably persistent categorization of artworks. In my view, we are all making pictures.” –– Wolfgang Tillmans, Interview with Michelle Kuo, Artforum, September 2012

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Image: Takeshi Murata, 3 AM, 2012 Courtesy the artist
and Salon 94, New York

Murata’s computer-generated series of photographs, Synthesizers, begins with backgrounds “sculpted” by the artist using 3-D software he learned to use through online tutorials. The “sets” are then filled with readymade 3-D elements purchased online.


“What’s hidden beneath the user interface or the sleek camera casing needs to be exposed, not only made visible and comprehensible to the photographic practitioner, but also taken apart, deconstructed, and mined for creative potentials.”

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Machine Vision and –– Cats


“Presented with 10 million digital images found in YouTube videos, what did Google’s brain do? What millions of humans do with YouTube: looked for cats.”

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Memento Camera: Photograph Your Life Every 30 Seconds



“Ordinary moments can turn out to be special. But the only way to see that is to capture everything.”

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Photography and Photographic Education in the USA, Image Journal, 1971


“Too many people think they can change the medium immediately

—I think it may take five years”. – Nathan Lyons, 1971

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Save the Date

The Photographic Universe II brings together a range of leading practitioners, scientists, theoreticians, historians, and philosophers to consider and reflect on current discussions in photography at a pivotal moment in its history. The unique format of the conference will consist of one-on-one conversations between two individuals from disparate professional and research backgrounds. The conference will conclude with a roundtable focusing on photographic education.

Dates: April 10-11, 2013

Location: Theresa Lang Student and Community Center, 55 West 13th Street, NYC

The event is free and open to the public.

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