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Let's Talk!

Session #1

Adam`s Apple by Paz Errázuriz
with associate Prof. Dr. Ángeles Donoso Macaya and Luis Weinstein
Host: Markus Schaden

June 24, 2021  20:00 (MESZ)
Live from Cologne

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Session #2

Under the Radar
Potential, challenges and the future of photobook research with
Dr. Anja Schürmann (Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Essen)
and Prof. Dr. Steffen Siegel (Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen)
Host: Markus Schaden

June 30, 2021  19:00 (MESZ)
Live from Cologne

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Session #3

Fresh Air: PBM.Radio on Tour
We talk to passers-by in Cologne about photography and photobooks in time of Corona

Date to be confirmed
Live from Cologne

Session #4

Pandemic Photobook
The photobook during the Corona crisis, global conference call 

Date to be confirmed
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Photobook receptions: yesterday, today and in times of the pandemic

Which meaning a photobook develops depends largely on its recipients. Their critical view determines the social relevance and how a book is interpreted – based on the time and context. The potential of photobooks to have an impact, open up new perspectives and leave a mark in our cultural memory can only unfold through the eyes of their readers. Hence the history of the photobook is always the story of its reception as well.

The first series of our Lets Talk! Sessions examines the relationship between readers and the photobook not only in historical perspectives, but also aims to shed light on the current situation during the global Corona crisis.

What are the reasons for the popularity of a book? Which effects can the reception of a photobook have on the work of the respective photographer? These are some of the questions we are investigating. We will also discuss the relevance of reception within photobook research and the impact of online communication on the distribution and reception of photobooks. Last but not least, we explore the role of photobooks in society as a whole, particularly during the current pandemic.

How do photographers, designers and the publishing industry experience the Corona crisis? Which projects on the pandemic and its social consequences emerge and are already being published in books? Has the production of photobooks become even more precarious or are there surprising success stories?

We will adress these issues with photobook practitioners and the public. The talks are an offer to take stock, network and maybe an opportunity to develop new ideas for the photobook in times of the pandemic.

Paz Errázuriz, Spread from “La Manzana de Adan / Adam‘s Apple”, Santiagio de Chile, 1990

Session #1

Adam`s Apple by Paz Errázuriz

with associate Prof. Dr. Ángeles Donoso Macaya and Luis Weinstein
Host: Markus Schaden

The very first of our Let's talk!  Sessions is dedicated to the discussion
La Manzana de Adan. Adam`s Apple”  by Paz Errázuriz. The photobook, published in 1990, documents everyday life and the repression against trans* people and transvestivism in dictatorial Chile in the 1980s. Together with host Markus Schaden, the linguist and literary scholar Ángeles Donoso Macaya and the curator and photographer Luis Weinstein will give insights into the extensive reception history of “La Manzana de Adan”, which remains socially relevant until today.

June 24, 2021  20:00 (MESZ)
Live from Cologne

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Ángeles Donoso Macaya

Ángeles Donoso Macaya is an immigrant professor, researcher and community organizer from Santiago, Chile, based in New York City. She is Associate Professor of Spanish at The Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY; 2020-2022 Faculty Lead of Archives in Common: Migrant Practices / Knowledges / Memory, part of the Andrew W. Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research at The Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center/CUNY; and 2020-2021 Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellow. Her research centers on Latin American photography theory and history, counter-archival production, human rights activism, and feminisms. She is the author of The Insubordination of Photography: Documentary Practices under Chile’s Dictatorship (University of Florida Press 2020), awarded Best Book in Latin American Visual Culture Studies, LASA 2021, translated as La insubordinación de la fotografía (Metales Pesados, 2021). Ángeles is also member of the NYC based collective NiMuertasNiPresas and of colectiva somoslacélula

Live from New York City

Photo: Paz Errázuriz

Luis Weinstein

Weinstein has a degree in Communications and a Master in Cultural Management he currently works as a host in television, as a photojournalist, and as an editor, lecturer, curator and producer of photographs. He has juried and produced many exhibitions, festivals and contests, including the World Press Multimedia Contest Jury in 2014, Picture of the Year Latam in 2013 and has been member of the board of the International Festival of Photography at Valparaíso until 2015. He is the author of ten photobooks, has participated with his photographs in over 40 exhibitions and founded the South American photo magazine Sueño de la Razón. 
Through Fundación SudFotografica, a nonprofit he currently chairs, he collaborates in the research of the Chilean photobook. 

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Session #2

Under the radar

Potential, challenges and the future of photobook research

with Dr. Anja Schürmann (Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Essen) and Prof. Dr. Steffen Siegel (Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen)  Host: Markus Schaden

What are the current developments in photobook research and what will photobook research look like in the future? What challenges and opportunities do scientists see in this comparatively young field of research? Markus Schaden discusses these structural and content-related questions of photobook research in Germany with the art historian and photobook researcher Anja Schürmann and the Professor of Theory and History of Photography at the Folkwang University of the Arts Steffen Siegel.


June 30, 2021 19:00 (MESZ)
Live from Cologne*


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Anja Schürmann

Anja Schürmann is an art historian and a freelance author. Her current research focusses on the photobook. She investigates the visual narration in photobooks both on the narrative-theoretical and on the aesthetic level of the knowledge of images (Bildevidenz). In March of this year, she co-edited a thematic issue of the journal Fotogeschichte entitled "Turn the page! New Perspectives in Photobook Research". Anja Schürmann is a post-doc fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI Essen) since March 2019. Before that, she was an assistant professor at the Institute for Art History at the University of Düsseldorf.

Live from the PBM studio

Photo: Valerie Schmidt

Steffen Siegel

Steffen Siegel has been a professor for the theory and history of photography at Folkwang University of the Arts since 2015. He is heading the M.A. program Photography Studies and Research and the doctoral studies on the theory and history of photographyDuring the academic year 2011/2012, he was a research fellow at the International Research Center »Morphomata«, Center for Advanced Study at the Cologne University. In 2019/2020 he was an Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow at the  Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) of the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. For his research, he received the Research Prize for the History of Photography from the German Society for Photography (DGPh) in 2014, and the International Humanities Research Prize in 2017, awarded by the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, the Verwertungsgesellschaft Wort, the German Foreign Office and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.

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* The talk will be in German  (subtitles will be added later on)

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Photo: Hans Aarsman, Spread from Hollandse Taferelen, Amsterdam 1989