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Podcast: Collaboration: A Potential History of Photography

Posted on 02 Dec 2023

This unmissable episode takes on the vast history of photography, unpacking the myth of single creatorship, and exploring the many complex relationships at play in image-making.

In this episode, Wendy Ewald, Susan Meiselas and Laura Wexler – three of the co-authors of Collaboration: A Potential History of Photography – delve behind the scenes of their groundbreaking book, exploring the genesis of the project and its ambitious aim. They offer up an alternative understanding of photography as something that is inherently collaborative, and explore the countless complex relationships between photographer, subject, viewer, camera and more.

This wide-ranging conversation spotlights a revolutionary experiment in portraiture by Frederick Douglass, questions the fixed nature of history, and celebrates where ‘the human spirit collaborates with the camera’.

Collaboration is also co-authored by Ariella Aïsha Azoulay and Leigh Raiford.


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Intro and outro audio by Eliza Apperly and Benjamin Nash.

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