Conversation (In-Person & Virtual)
On Political Photography: Documenting Racial Inequality in the US

In conjunction with the exhibition Mostly New: Selections from the NYU Art Collection
September 6–December 17, 2022

Join NYU Professor Lauren Walsh, author of Through the Lens: The Pandemic and Black Lives Matter, and Vanessa Charlot, an award-winning photographer and filmmaker whose work focuses on the intersectionality of race, politics, culture and sexual/gender expression, for a conversation on the power of political photography in the contemporary moment. Inspired in part by photos on view at the Grey Art Gallery by Danny Lyon, an instrumental photographer during the American Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, this discussion addresses how political photography of today echoes but also innovates the photography of the latter twentieth century. Having recently witnessed the largest protests in US history—the Black Lives Matter demonstrations of 2020—Walsh and Charlot unpack today’s evolving landscape, exploring what it means to participate in the documentation of racial inequality today and asking whether political photography remains a potent tool in an ever more crowded visual landscape.

Co-sponsored by the Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the Department of Art History, College of Arts & Science, NYU.

Visitor Access and Registration

Registration not required for in-person attendance. In-person attendance is limited to current NYU students, staff, and faculty who are compliant with NYU’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.
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This conversation will have live captions and will be recorded. A video of the lecture with closed captions will be available on the Grey’s website after the event.

Starts 11/2/22 6:00 pm
Ends 11/2/22 7:00 pm
Participants Lauren Walsh, Vanessa Charlot
Location IN-PERSON: Silver Center, NYU, Room 301 (enter at 32 Waverly Place)
Cost Free of charge


Program Types: Conversation