As photographers, it’s normal to be excited with our prints. After all, we make sure that we get the right components as we compose our shots. We get so hyped up about the results that oftentimes we take for granted other aspects of the photographic process. This is what Geoffrey Batchen aims to tackle in his new talk, A Little History of the Negative.
Geoffrey Batchen is a writer, curator, and historian who focuses on the history of photography. He has written and published a number of papers on the subject of photography and continues to explore the subject with great knowledge and curiosity. Batchen also teaches art history at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.
A Little History of the Negative traces the history of the negative and explores some of the ways history itself affects changes the way we understand photography. In one of his essays, Batchen points out that the negative is often regarded as a secondary product of photography and is “rarely exhibited or discussed by scholars at any length.” Further adding that negatives seem to be the “dark side of photography”. This talk can shed some light on one of photography’s less talked about aspects.
The author’s talk, A Little History of the Negative will run up to September 6th, 2018 at The Photographers’ Gallery in Soho, London. If you’re interested in the event, you may contact them directly at email@example.com or call them at +44 (0) 20 7087 9300. The Photographer’s Gallery is located at 16-18 Ramilies Street, London and is open seven days a week.