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Back on Deck!

Dear friends and colleagues,

Yes, we have been very busy lately, and there have been fewer posts than usual.

Now we are back!

Allow me to announce a few things, so you understand which direction the Ship is going.

First, we are preparing the ninth edition of Photobook Week Aarhus 2022, with the theme Off Balance. It is an attempt to cope with the imbalance of our contemporary condition: Climate change pressuring a possible catastrophe for humanity, the unsustainable gap between rich and poor, plastic pollution and the drastic decrease of biodiversity, and the first pandemic in over a century. Besides the central festival theme, we will also showcase other themes such as Books on Books, which have shaped an often-critiqued canon of publications. More information on photobookweek.org.

Second, the manuscript for The Routledge Companion to Photography, Representation and Social Justice has been handed in for publication. This book, written by more than 60 contributors, will hopefully become is a seminal reference source for the new roles and contexts of photography in the 21st century.
More than 40 articles and conversations explore the current debates surrounding post-colonial thinking, empowerment, identity, contemporary modes of self-representation, diversity in the arts, the automated creation and use of imagery in science and industry, digital vernacular and social media platforms, visual mechanisms for control and manipulation, the age of surveillance capitalism and deep fakes, as well as the role of imagery in the times of crisis, such as pandemics, wars and climate change.
These concepts will serve as an overarching structure that will be addressed by artists, scientists, curators, scholars, medical doctors, astrophysicists, and social activists, who all share a strong interest in how lens-based media have shaped our world in the last years. The analysis of these complex themes will be anchored in existing theoretical frameworks, but also include new ways of thinking about social justice and representation, and how to cope with our daily image tsunami.

If you are interested, scroll down to the end of this to see the full table of content.

And third, in April, the accessibility project BeauCoup started, and has already been presented at the seminar Il museo di tutti at MAXXI in Rome. More details on this project dealing on how to help older citizens to access culture here.

So, please excuse the long silence, and stay tuned for more opportunities, texts, mentorship, and other activities. Back on track, back on deck, mates!

Your Captain.

Danie Mellor, A gaze still dark (a black portrait of intimacy), 2019, on the cover of the forthcoming book “The Routledge Companion to Photography, Representation and Social Justice”.

CONTENTS

0.1       Introduction 

Moritz Neumüller

1          Representation, Identity and Inclusion

1.0       Chapter Introduction 

            Moritz Neumüller

1.1       Representation and Responsibility: Institutions as Changemakers 

Shahidul Alam, Noelle Flores-Théard, Kristen Lubben, and Mark Sealy

1.2       Between Camera and Canvas: Man Ray, Picasso, and the Representation of Adrienne Fidelin

Wendy Grossman

1.3       An Archive in a Suitcase. And the Question What to Do With It

Ana Briongos, Moritz Neumüller and Carmen Pérez Gonzalez in Conversation with Azu Nwagbogu and Asya Yaghmurian

1.4       The Representation of the Inuit Population in Greenland, Then and Now

Mette Sandbye

1.5       Representations and Stereotypes of Greenland, Revisited

Inuuteq Storch in Conversation with Laila Lund Altinbas

1.6       Photography in Contemporary Jewelry Art

            Irina Chmyreva

1.7       Repetitive Representations. The Case of Private Photographs

            Friedrich Tietjen and Maria Gourieva

2          Diversity, Empowerment and Social Justice

2.0       Chapter Introduction 

Moritz Neumüller

2.1       The Railway and its Images: Decolonizing Landscapes through the Works of Chinese Visual Artists

He Yining

2.2       Through Fa’afafabulous Glasses: An Interview with Yuki Kihara

Nina Tonga

2.3       Participatory Photography: Gaze, Representation and Agency

Michelle Bogre

2.4    Canterbury, Revisited: Reflections on a Collaborative Photography Course for Sighted and Visually Impaired Participants

Simon Hayhoe, Partho Bhowmick, Noemi Pena-Sanchez, and Karl Bentley

2.5       Social Practice and Photography: Who is Looking at Whom?

Tiffany Fairey, Julian Germain, and Mark Strandquist, in Conversation with Anthony Luvera

2.6       The Breath of Memory

Danie Mellor, in conversation with Tyson Yunkaporta

2.7       The Role of the Andean People in the Work of Martin Chambi, Revisited

Andrés Garay and Moritz Neumüller

3          Crisis and Change

3.0       Chapter Introduction 

            Moritz Neumüller

3.1       Feminism and Photography: A Situated Exploration of the Visual Archive of Feminisms in Chile

Ángeles Donoso Macaya

3.2       Freedom Is Not Free

Mashid Mohadjerin

3.3       Selling the Great White Myth. A Reflection on the South African Media and Communications Industry From the Life Experience of a Brown Bodied Woman

Nicole Klassen

3.4       Working with Archives — Past, Present, Future

Cristina de Middel, Rafal Milach and Moritz Neumüller

3.5       Visual Proof: How Glacier Photography Shows Us the Reality of Climate Change

Andrea Fischer and Magdalena Vuković

3.6       When Will They Listen? 

Edward Burtynsky in Conversation with Moritz Neumüller

3.7       Art and Activism Revisited

Swaantje Güntzel and Chris Jordan in Conversation with Moritz Neumüller

4          Automated and Networked Images

4.0       Chapter Introduction 

            Moritz Neumüller

4.1       Leaks, Growths and Caveats: The Black Hole Image

Rashi Rajguru

4.2       Visualisation as a political act

Peter Galison in Conversation with Moritz Neumüller

4.3       How to photograph a Virus

Florian Krammer in Conversation with Moritz Neumüller

4.4       Video Games Inside the body: Medical Robots and the Future of Tele Surgery

Michael A. Palese in Conversation with Moritz Neumüller

4.5       Orientation and Resistance in a Fog of Systems

Bani Brusadin

4.6       Machine learning for aquatic plastic litter detection turned into art

Mattis Wolf and Oliver Zielinski, with an artist statement by Swaantje Güntzel

4.7       Is this Still Photography? Online Experiences, NFTs and Digital Vernacular

Barbara Cueto, Marco De Mutiis and Jon Uriarte

5          Censorship, Image Control and Manipulation

5.0       Chapter Introduction 

            Moritz Neumüller

5.1       Who, How, and Where? Speaking, Writing, Making Art, and Publishing in a Censorial World

David N. Martin, James W. Koschoreck, and Suzanne Szucs

5.2       Tonald Drump, Censorship and Deplatforming

Katja Müller-Helle

5.3       Interviews with anonymous Internet Content Moderators

Eva & Franco Mattes

5.4       Selfies, Biometrics, Geolocation, and the 2021 Capitol Hill Riot: How Photography is Used in the Service of Surveillance

Stephen Chalmers

5.5       The Real, the Unreal, and the Authentic 

Debi Cornwall, Marvin Heiferman, Josué Rivas, Alexey Yurenev, in Conversation with Fred Ritchin

5.6       Image Archives in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Lukas Fuchsgruber

6          New Ways of Seeing

6.0       Chapter Introduction 

            Moritz Neumüller

6.1       Exiting the Photographic Universe 

Fred Ritchin 

6.2       Diversifying the Tools of Storytelling: From Photography and Video to Virtual Reality

Zahra Rasool in Conversation with Fred Ritchin

6.3       Lubumbashi to Paulshoek: Iterations of the Local in Six African Photobook Projects

Bronwyn Law-Viljoen

6.4       REMIX: Printed Matter From the Caribbean

Nadia Huggins

6.5       Opening the Gates for Eastern Concepts and Terminology for Photography Theory

Yining He, Sunyoung Kim, and Ivan Vartanian in Conversation with Moritz Neumüller

6.6       Translation and Use of Western Photography Theory in Asia

Yining He, Sunyoung Kim, and Ivan Vartanian in Conversation with Moritz Neumüller

6.7       Deconstructing Red, Yellow, Black, and White

Angélica Dass in Conversation with Moritz Neumüller