The Left Conference – Photography and Film criticism
Since the late nineteenth century the print photograph in the media stood as a powerful tool for denouncing social injustice and claiming better life conditions – i.e. as seen in the work of Jacob Riis, Lewis Hine, or Joshua Benoliel, as many others. In the early decades of the twentieth century the use of images had a significant boost with film, when directors such as Flaherty, Eisenstein, John Grierson, Vertov, Dvorjenko or Jivens, combining documental intentions with avant-garde experimental claims, made possible to discuss political and historical conditions.
The aim of the conference is to discuss and debate photographs and film as a social tool from a leftist stance. In particular, to examine and explore the relation of documentary practices and political commitment in different historical circumstances throughout the twentieth and the twenty first centuries.
Gail Day (University of Leeds)
Steve Edwards (Birbeck College)
The seminar/conference will take place at Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities/NOVA University of Lisbon and Faculty of Fine Arts/University of Lisbon on November 16-18 2017.