Light and Dark: A Little History of the Negative, a Lecture by Geoffrey Batchen
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art presents Light and Dark: A Little History of the Negative, a lecture by Geoffrey Batchen, October 25 at 7 p.m. One of the distinctive characteristics of photography is that most analog photographs are positive prints that have been made from a negative. Nevertheless, the negative is almost always regarded as a secondary entity in discussions of photography, if it is discussed at all. Looking at work by a range of practitioners, including William Henry Fox Talbot, Man Ray, Dorothea Lange, Richard Avedon and Andreas Gursky, this talk will offer a little history of the negative, tracing some of the ways that history complicates our understanding of the photograph. Free.