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Photographic Universe II
April 10 and 11, 2013
The New School, Theresa Lang Student and Community Center
55 West 13th Street, New York
Free and Open to the Public

“The camera has offered us amazing possibilities... We are only beginning to exploit them; for although photography is already over a hundred years old, it is only in recent years that the course of development has allowed us to see beyond the specific instance and recognize the creative consequences.” László Moholy-Nagy, 1925

NEW YORK, March 4, 2013—As the field of Photography finds itself at a pivotal moment, Aperture Foundation and The New School—including the School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics—present The Photographic Universe II, a two-day conference that brings together a range of leading practitioners, scientists, theoreticians, historians, and philosophers to consider and reflect on current discussions in photography. Building upon the success of the first conference held in 2011, the event will consist of one-on-one conversations between two individuals from distinct professional and research backgrounds. The conference will conclude with a roundtable focusing on photographic education.

Participants include writer and curator Mia Fineman in conversation with Fred Ritchin, a professor in the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU; Victoria Hattam, chair of the Political Science program at The New School, in conversation with artist Hito Steyerl; curator, blogger and Parsons faculty member Laurel Ptak in conversation with photographer Andrew Norman Wilson; Eduardo Cadava, a professor in the Department of English at Princeton University, in conversation with writer Lynne Tillman; and Todd Cronan, an assistant professor of European Art, 1880-1950, at Emory University in conversation with Simon Critchley, the Hans Jonas Professor and chair of Philosophy at The New School.

For additional conference details please visit the Photographic Universe website.

Aperture, a not-for-profit foundation, connects the photo community and its audiences with the most inspiring work, the sharpest ideas, and with each other—in print, in person, and online. Created in 1952 by photographers and writers as “common ground for the advancement of photography,” Aperture today is a multiplatform publisher and center for the photo community. From its base in New York, Aperture produces, publishes, and presents a program of photography projects, locally and internationally. For more information, visit

Parsons The New School for Design is one of the most comprehensive and prestigious schools of art and design in the world, and is a part of The New School, a university with a legacy of progressive ideals, scholarship, and pedagogy. Its programs in Photography function as a 21st-century studio and think tank. Students in both the BFA and MFA programs are encouraged to develop their individual vision in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment and to explore related technologies, focusing on the relationship between concept and production. The goal is to provide students with the visual, technical, conceptual, and professional vocabulary necessary to succeed in the wide field of photographic practices. The Photography programs are part of the School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons, which brings together Photography with programs in the Fine Arts, Illustration, Communication Design and Design and Technology, for cross-disciplinary collaboration. For more information, visit

The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, founded in 1992 and named in honor of the late philanthropist Vera List, serves as a catalyst for the discourse on the role of the arts in society and their relationship to the sociopolitical climate in which they are created. It organizes and presents public programs and workshops, exhibitions, and publishes occasional books that respond to some of the pressing social and political issues of our time. The center offers fellowships to emerging and exceptionally accomplished cultural practitioners and artists, and supports their research as it infuses the center’s own programs. The center strives to further the university’s educational mission by bringing together scholars and students, the people of New York, and national and international audiences in an exploration of new possibilities for civic engagement. For more information, visit

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Media Contacts:

Deborah Kirschner,
The New School
212.229.5667 x4310

Barbara Escobar, Aperture

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