Developing Influences: Photography and Power
Helmut Newton is one of the most influential fashion photographers of all time, but the sexual objectification of his subjects has long been criticised. Join a panel of contemporary photographers as they contemplate the divisive eye behind the lens, and discuss how they engage with inspiring – and challenging – influences from the past.
In association with the Jewish Museum of Australia’s landmark new retrospective Helmut Newton: In Focus, photographers Atong Atem, Shannon May Powell and James J. Robinson explore the history of photography as both an art form and a trade, the balance between capturing aesthetic beauty and objectification, and discuss how photography can be used as a tool for empowerment.
In conversation with host Tai Snaith, they share their varied professional and artistic experiences and offer a contemporary lens on the power and politics of photography.
Developing Influences: Photography and Power was recorded on 24 March 2022
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