SAVE THE DATE: “Shaping the History of Photography” Symposium at the Harry Ransom Center, UT Austin from September 30 – October 2!

Check out the website for this upcoming symposium, register now, book the on-campus hotel now and get your flights in order!  I have been waiting with great anticipation for the exhibition:

Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection (9/2/10 – 1/2/11)

and the catalogue to the collection that Roy Flukinger has been writing.

Now I have learned that not only will there be the exhibition at the HRC and book coming this fall, but a gathering for the minds, a learning experience for us all!

From the event website:

The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin presents the ninth biennial Fleur Cowles Flair Symposium,

Shaping the History of Photography

September 30-October 2, 2010

The symposium springs from Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection, the Ransom Center’s exhibition of this foundational collection of the medium’s history. Curators, collectors, historians, and photographers will participate in a series of panel discussions that focus on the areas in photography on which the Gernsheims had such impact—collecting, exhibiting, publishing, and historiography. Leaders in their fields will consider the forces that have historically shaped these areas, as well as the contemporary influences and developing trends that continue to affect our understanding of the history of photography.

The Flair Symposium, held biennially at the Ransom Center, honors the ideals set forth by Fleur Cowles and her landmark Flair magazine.

Registration is limited and closes on October 1, or when available seats are filled. The $100 registration fee includes access to all events on the schedule. There are a limited number of $35 registrations available for full-time students. Discounts are available for members of the Ransom Center. There is no single-day registration.

A limited number of rooms at the University’s hotel are available to registrants at a discounted nightly rate of $119. To request a reservation code and further instructions, registrants must email flair@hrc.utexas.edu. Requests will be answered in the order that they are received. Reservation codes will only be provided to individuals who are registered for the symposium.”

While speaker invitations are being confirmed, I can share with you the structure of this event, which allows for a terrific on-going and growing dialogue as we are all present in the same lectures and events throughout the Symposium, presenter, attendee and student alike:

Schedule of Events

Schedule is subject to change. All events take place at the Ransom Center unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, September 30

5 p.m. Registration and Opening Reception

7 p.m. Public Lecture: Shaping the History of Photography (Jessen Auditorium)

Friday, October 1

9 a.m. Registration and Coffee

10 a.m. Welcome and Keynote Address

10:45 a.m. Panel: Collecting Photography

12:15 p.m. Break for Lunch

2 p.m. Panel: Photography’s Historiography

4 p.m. Panel: Photographers React

Saturday, October 2

9 a.m. Coffee

10 a.m. Panel: Photographic Exhibitions

Noon Break for Lunch

2 p.m. Panel: Photographic Publishing

4 p.m. Conclusion

4:30 p.m. Closing Reception

Get ready to see the masterpieces of our history, engage in rich dialogue with many new peers!  I look forward to seeing you in Austin!

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