Photography, object of diffusion.

To understand how photography has transformed our mode of access to knowledge, culture and information, we need to ask ourselves about the factors of the dissemination of photographs:

The materiality of images is an essential factor in the transmission and circulation of photography. The materiality of the images is essential to the transmission and circulation of photography. The processes, reproducible or non-reproducible, the editing, the indexing of contents, the format of the images exhibited, the places where they are seen. From printing to books to digital tools, from agency business to shared photography, the history of dissemination through photography is the history of material objects.

At the same time, studying photography as an object of dissemination also means making visible the networks and the socio-economic conditions of their production, as well as the conditions of their mediation (popularizers, commercial agents, publishers).

In response to this call, the candidates have developed a singular approach, whether in the form of theoretical or plastic research, by responding to the theme of photography as an object of dissemination.


Cinema in the spirit of Pierre Zucca

Exploring the photographic work of Pierre Zucca (photographer on the sets of films by Jacques Rivette, Claude Chabrol, François Truffaut, Alfred Hitchcock, etc.) through its invisible or unmatched contours, the research will take different forms, from photography to cinema and performance.—Aurélien Froment is a graduate of the Regional School of Fine Arts in Nantes, a cameraman and film projectionist. His work is heavily influenced by cinema and features in exhibitions both in France and abroad.
He lives in Edinburgh where he teaches photography at the University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh College of Art.

Disseminating its own maps of the world and society

Agency photo collections having been used to develop editorial content in the televised news programmes of the former French broadcaster ORTF (1960-1986)
Audrey Leblanc is a doctor of the EHESS in history and civilisations. She was joint curator of the exhibition Icons of May 68: Pictures have a History in 2018 at the French national library (BnF). She teaches at the University of Lille and jointly leads the research seminar entitled ‘Photography, publishing, press: cultural history of image producers’ at Cehta/EHESS.

Greetings from Reykjavik – Disseminated archives

Curatorial research project looking at letter writing in the experimental arts scene of Reykjavik in the 1960s and 1970s, which helped extend the reach of the local artistic community through the dissemination of visual documents – particularly photography – to a much greater network abroad. A practice which, today, could be likened to the dissemination of works of art via social networks.

Christel Pedersen has a research degree in the history of art from the University of Copenhagen and Paris 8 University. She currently lives in Paris, where she is an independent researcher, author and translator of artists’ poetry, theories and writings in English, French and Nordic languages.

Photography books and liberation movements in Africa

Somewhere between militant documents and aesthetic objects, the photography books produced around the 1970s in Portuguese-speaking African countries on – and for – independence movements offer a unique reflection on the role and power of the photograph. This project aims to retrace the journey of this corpus, through an exhibition, encounters and films.
Raquel Schefer is a researcher, film-maker and programmer. Doctor of the Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 University in Film and Audiovisual Studies.
She has published a large number of works and articles, and teaches at Paris, Rennes, Buenos Aires and Mexico City.
Catarina Boieiro has a Research Diploma in Arts and Languages from the EHESS.
She is an independent curator whilst at the same time working in communication, programming and production for art centres and cultural eventspecialised in image and contemporary visual arts.

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