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27 October – Brian Stater

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WPS Guest Speaker – Brian Stater

Are Photographs Fine Art?

Brian Stater

Brian Stater is a Senior Teaching Fellow at University College London. His principal academic interest lies in the appreciation of architecture, while a strong personal enthusiasm is for photography.

An exhibition of his own photographs has been held at University College London. He is a member of the Association of Historical and Fine Art Photography and works with a pre-war Leica camera, as used by his great hero Henri Cartier-Bresson and many others.

About the talk

Brian asks whether photography can compete with or equal other artistic disciplines to become Fine Art.

The question is at the heart of a lecture looking in particular at the genres of portraiture, landscape and still life.

All these ideas are discussed with reference to the work of some of the acknowledged masters of photography including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Fay Godwin, Bill Brandt, Ansel Adams and Wolfgang Tillmans.

Women Behind the Lens:

Outstanding Female Photographers and Their Contribution to the Art of Photography

Migrant Mother (1936)
Dorothea Lange

Image in the public domain

Great Photographs of the 20th Century

From Lartigue, to mid-Century masters, including Bill Brandt, Bert Hardy and Henri Cartier-Bresson to more recent exponents, such as Martin Parr and Andreas Gursky.

This image from Flickr Creative Commons License CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

A Delage at the Grand Prix of the Automobile Club de France, Dieppe, 26 June 1912 – Jacques Henri Lartigue

When Britain Clicked – Photography of the Swinging Sixties.

Superb images from photographers such as David Bailey, Terence Donovan, Lewis Morley, Tony Ray-­Jones and Jane Bown.

Brian Stater

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WPS Speaker Programme Oct-Dec 2020