Surrealism and photography

April 18, 6 p.m.
Surrealism and photography
A lecture by Dr Xavier Canonne

Since photography entered the realm of art, a number of controversies and concerns have been raised concerning its character and relation to other fields of artistic production. Photography’s unique character which combines intentionality and contingency as well as authenticity with a possibility of almost endless reproduction, contributed to its popularity among surrealists. The attitude of the surrealists towards  photography was highly utilitarian- the quality of prints as well as authorship were of no importance whatsoever. Often, reproductions and press reprints were extensively used. Photography was harnessed to serve and display a surrealist game of forms and meanings in which the boundaries between individual techniques were thoroughly blurred.
Free entrance. Lecture in French translated into Polish.

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