EVENT: Maggie Humm: Virginia Woolf, Domestic Photography and Writing
The Photographers' Gallery Series: 19 October 2010 19:00
Maggie Humm: Virginia Woolf, Domestic Photography and Writing
This year-long Writing Photography series investigates different approaches, both creative and academic, to writing about photography.
Photography is read and written about across multiple disciplines of visual and social culture. Writing Photography aims to investigate these different approaches to writing both creatively and academically, and approach the overlaps and gaps in writing about photography.
This evening focuses on Virgina Woolf's photography and her responses in writing to visual cultures.
Throughout her career, Woolf took, developed and mounted over 1,000 photographs in albums. She wrote about photography, which influenced her aesthetics and writing. The modernist writer used photography not simply as a documentary device, but as a means of crossing the border between the visual and the unconscious.
Woolf's photographs reveal her struggles with the public and the private. The albums offer a crucial insight into the psychic mechanisms structuring Woolf's aesthetics: her use of analogies; how scenes in her memoirs and other writing match her own and her family's domestic photography; her adoptions of visual languages: the photographic tropes in Flush and the ways in which her knowledge of photography encouraged her to find a new political form in Three Guineas.
Maggie Humm is a Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of East London. Recent publications include Snapshots of Bloomsbury: the Private Lives of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell (Rutgers and the Tate, 2006) and the Edinburgh Companion to Virginia Woolf and the Arts (Edinburgh University Press, 2010).
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