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.
The seminar/conference took 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.