Camera Austria International

4 | 1980

Symposion on Photography II

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  • ALAIN DESVERGNES
    Photography: Tool or Trap?
  • UTE ESKILDSEN
    The Principle of Portrait Presentation in the Work of Erna Lendvai-Dircksen, Paul Strand and Christoper Killip
  • JOCHEN GERZ
    But what has all that got to do with photography?
  • PETER MacGILL
    F.S.A. Photography, André Kertész, Harry Callahan
  • ALBERT GOLDSTEIN
    Some Comments on a Number of Blurred Concepts in Photography
  • DIETER HACKER / ANDREAS SELTZER
    PHOTO KAPUT. On the Limitations of Photography
  • RICHARD KRIESCHE
    "THE CLICKER"
  • RUDOLF LICHTSTEINER
    Bringing Down Chance
  • NATHAN LYONS
  • HERBERT MOLDERINGS
    Argumente für eine konstruierende Fotografie
  • JOHN TAYLOR
    Expressionist Theory and the Romantic Imagination
  • PETER WEIBEL
    Photo - Fake

Preface

SYMPOSION ON PHOTOGRAPHY II

The Symposion on Photography II, which took place in Graz from Oct. 20 to Oct. 22, 1980, was the contribution of the Fotogalerie im FORUM STADTPARK to the Styrian Autumn 1980. As at the first symposion (1979, see p. 103) no particular topic was specified: the participants were invented to talk “about photography” – from their own subjective point of view. Considering the broad spectrum of reactions to the key-word “photography” collected in this volume, the present publication can be viewed as an attempt at defining the current state of contemporary thought on this medium. Thus it might be pointed out, for instance, that, compared to the first symposion, photography this time is approached with far greater scepticism and that this critical attitude was presented with much greater force than in the preceding year. Taking to heart the criticism voiced by some regarding the relative absence of practicing photographers from this year’s symposion, we have decided that the Symposion on Photography III shall be devoted exclusively to what has always been our true concern – to photographs. From Oct. 18 to Oct. 20, 1981, photographers will present their recent work.
We thank all participants for their permission to reprint their texts and we hope that the present publication will meet their standards, too. Its delayed appearance is due partly to its volume, partly to the limits imposed by our own working energy, which is not boundless, and to a considerable extent also to the fact that some mail from the U.S. disappeared along the way.
At this time, we would also like to thank the Styrian Autumn and the Bundesministerium für Unterricht und Kunst without whose financial assistance the symposion as well as the present publication would never have been possible.

Manfred Willmann
Christine Frisinghelli

Entries

Forum

KODAK – NIKON – Workshop with Alfred Seiland:

HUBERT AUER

HAPPY BIBERSTEINER

WOLF REISSNER

KURT SCHÖRG

VALERIE SCHMID

CLAUDIA VASICEK-VODAK

Imprint

Edited and published by: Manfred Willmann.
FORUM STADTPARK,  A-8010 Graz, Stadtpark 1, Austria.

Translations: Bärbel Fink, Helga Zelzer, Renate Fischer, Ingrid Platzer-Sabin

© 1981 by the authors and CAMERA AUSTRIA. No part of this issue may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher.