Charlotte Cotton

Sunday, April 23: 1pm

Keynote Fee*: $35

Full Time Students (50% Discount)

Application Deadline: April 15

*Includes admission into Photo Independent Art Fair.

This lecture centers on the creative possibilities and curatorial strategies that are indelibly tied to the breadth of our contemporary image environment, and the digital behaviors of pictures. It asks us to consider how we subjectively shape our idea of photography from what seems to be both the medium’s enduring capacities as-well-as mercurial state today.

Photography is Magic – Reframing Photographic Practices explores how artists are consciously reanimating and diversifying photography, and the curatorial approaches that contemporary shifts in image-making and image-viewing have called for.

Charlotte Cotton is a curator, and writer who has explored photographic culture for over twenty years. She has held positions including curator of photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum; head of programming at The Photographers’ Gallery in London; and head of the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Recently, she has been curator-in-residence at Katonah Museum of Art, NY, and the International Center of Photography, NYC, and is currently curator-in-residence at Metabolic Studio, LA.

Her book, The Photograph as Contemporary Art, is published in ten languages and has been a key text in its charting of the rise of photography as an undisputed art form in the 21st century. She has curated photography and contemporary art exhibitions for museums, international art festivals and biennials, including in the UK, US, mainland Europe, and South Korea. Cotton also contributes feature essays to magazines including Aperture, IMA, and reviews for Artforum, and Art in America. She is the founder of two photography discussion websites – Words Without Pictures (2008-9, summary book published in 2010) and (2012-15, summary book to be published in 2017). Her book, Photography is Magic, was published by Aperture in September 2015 and surveys over eighty artists whose photographic practices shape the possibilities of our contemporary image environment.

The $35 fee does not include transport, accommodation or other expenses.

The $35 fee includes entry into Photo Independent, and any other free LA Festival of Photography events.

Full Time Students (50% Discount)

Cancellation/Refund Policy

  • Cancellations before April 15, 2017 will be given a full refund minus a $10 processing fee.
  • Cancellations after April 15, 2017 will only be eligible for a refund if we can fill your spot.

Photographs from Charlotte Cotton's Book Photography is Magic