Anderman Photography Lecture Series: Kenneth Josephson

Denver Art Museum Sharp Auditorium (Hamilton Building)

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 7:00pm

  • Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Lecture tickets are $5 for students, $10 for DAM members and CPAC members, $15 for general admission
Image credit:  Kenneth Josephson, Stockholm, 1967 © Kenneth Josephson; Courtesy Stephen Daiter Gallery 

Photography itself is the primary subject of Kenneth Josephson’s work. From early in his career, he would raise questions about the history and theory of the medium that would later become predominant in cultural criticism. His interest in the ways the camera manipulates what we see—how it abstracts space, compresses three dimensions into two, divorces subjects from their context, and arrests time and motion—draws attention to the act of making a photograph and what that implies. Yet Josephson addresses these intellectual concerns through witty, visual puzzles that make clear the conundrum of the medium: while a photograph implies reality, what is presented in a picture is substantially different than the world around us.
Josephson’s photography is notable for the recurrence of several significant ideas and subjects throughout his work: an interest in found or constructed marks in the landscape, multiple images (whether through exposure, placement of pictures within pictures, or collaging), effects created by scale and camera placement, and his own intervention into the photograph. By acknowledging the world outside the edges of the photograph and revealing more than the eye can perceive, Josephson emphasizes that making a picture is both an intellectual and a creative act.
Born in 1932 in Detroit, Michigan, Josephson studied with Minor White and Beaumont Newhall at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Aaron Siskind and Henry Callahan at the Institute of Design. In 1961, he became the first professor of photography at the Art Institute of Chicago where he would continue an academic affiliation until 1997. He was instrumental in the founding of the Society of Photographic Education in 1963. A retrospective catalog of Josephson’s work is forthcoming from the University of Texas press in 2016. The Anderman Photography Lecture Series presents quarterly talks by the preeminent creators and thinkers in photography today. Series funding is generously provided by Evan and Elizabeth Anderman.

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