The Photograph

Reardon Smith Theatre, National Museum Cardiff

Friday 3 May 2013, 10.30am – 5pm

Tickets £30 / £20 (students), plus booking fee


This one-day symposium explores questions around ‘The Photograph’ and the status and meaning of the photographic object in visual culture. The keynote speech by internationally renowned artist Richard Wentworth will be followed by three panel sessions – Create, Curate and Collect – chaired by Professor Mark Durden (University of Wales Newport), Clare Grafik (The Photographer’s Gallery) and Christiane Monarchi (Photomonitor).

We invite the audience to explore with our speakers current trends in collecting photography, new contexts for curating the photographic image and the conundrum of photography’s ambiguous place in contemporary art.


10.30 – 11.00 Registration and coffee

11.00 Welcome (David Drake) and Keynote from Richard Wentworth

On photography and the contemporary urban landscape

12.00 Panel Discussion: Create

The conundrum of photography’s ambiguous place in contemporary art

Moderator: Mark Durden, Professor of Photography, University of Wales Newport


Gideon Koppel (artist)

Trine Søndergaard (artist)

Daniel Blaufuks (artist)

13.00 Lunch break

14.00 Panel Discussion: Curate

New contexts for curating the contemporary photographic image

Moderator: Clare Grafik (Head of Exhibitions, The Photographer’s Gallery)


Sue Steward (curator/critic)

Deirdre MacKenna (Director, Stills)

15.00 Tea break

15.30 Panel Discussion: Collect

Which way for the future of photography collecting?

Moderator: Christiane Monarchi (Editor, Photomonitor)

Michael Hoppen (collector/gallerist)

Jeffrey Boloten (Director, ArtInsight)

Louise Shannon (Digital Curator, V&A)

Chris Littlewood (Director, Flowers Gallery)

Sebastien Montabonel (Partner for Montabonel Fabres, Post-War and Contemporary Art Advisory)

16.30 Closing remarks

17.00 End of symposium