Brendan Fay: "The Monochrome and the Blank Photograph"


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  • Speaker: Brendan Fay
  • Host Department: History of Art
  • Date: 11/22/2013
  • Time: 4:00PM

  • Location: 180 Tappan Hall, 855 S. University Ave.

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  • Description:

    Is a blank photograph a photograph? Do we commit ourselves to a particular model of photography by saying yes or no? As a kind of limit case, the blank photograph plays a recurring but contested role in debates about photography. This paper interrogates its rhetorical deployment and apparent consequences, but also seeks to rejoin the hypothetical blank with some real-world counterparts and thus to take stock of some recent trends and longstanding disputes in the field.

    Brendan Fay is a lecturer in history of art at the University of Michigan. A department alumnus and former Mellon Fellow in the Humanities at Stanford University, his research examines photography’s relationship to abstraction in the 1940s and 1950s.

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