27th March 2018 - Stuart Franklin (Please note revised date)
Award-winning photographer Stuart Franklin will explore how we, as humans, are driven to visually document our experiences and the world around us.
Stuart Franklin took one of the most powerful photographs of the 20th century - the 'tank man' in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, 1989. From his insightful position as a photographer, Franklin explores why we are driven to visually document our experiences and the world around us. He focuses on photography but traces this universal need through art, literature and science.
Looking at photojournalism, war photography and work recording our culture, Franklin identifies some of its driving impulses: curiosity, outrage, reform and ritual; the search for evidence, for beauty, for therapy; and the immortalisation of memory. As our understanding of 'documentary' continues to expand, Franklin considers photographic staging - where, perhaps, the future of the genre may lie: in search of truth over fact.
Please visit Stuart's Magnum page for more information about our special guest.
Tickets are available in advance only at £5 per person (members) & £10 per person (non-members). Please note that this is a ticketed event for members as well as non-members. Tickets are also available at the Society Desk on a Tuesday evening.
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