The Pleasure of Good Photographs by Gerry Badger. Photo by Tom Griggs

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Exploring “The Pleasures of Good Photographs”

A Flak Photo Discussion with Tom Griggs

Hey Photobook Fans!

Flak Photo is is teaming up with fototazo creator Tom Griggs to host an online community conversation focused on essays from Gerry Badger’s recently published The Pleasures of Good Photographs. For those of you who don't already have a copy, Aperture Foundation offers a 20% discount for online orders via their website.

Order the book from Aperture Foundation »

Badger is a critic, curator, and photographer who — for over 30 years — has contributed essays to periodicals and books that shape our contemporary understanding of photography. Witty, scholarly, and highly readable, the essays touch on subjects from photobooks to Photoshop, using work from dozens of photographers to investigate themes that impact all of us as makers of and thinkers about photography.

These public discussions will provide a structured setting for reading the book and exploring its ideas. It will be a forum for expanding our understanding by reading collectively, a place for asking and answering questions and looking at how the book’s themes can be applied beyond the book itself. Our reading schedule will unfold over the next 10 weeks:

        Monday, May 7 - "Literate, Authoritative, Transcendent: Walker Evans's American Photographs" (page 22)

        Monday, May 21 - "A Certain Sensibility: John Gossage, the Photographer as Auteur" (page 87)

        Monday, June 4 - "Without Author or Art: The "Quiet" Photograph" (page 210)

        Monday, June 18 - "Elliptical Narratives: Some Thoughts on the Photobook" (page 221)

        Monday, July 2 - "It's Art, But Is It Photography? Some Thoughts on Photoshop" (page 234)

All are welcome to join us in these conversations, which will be hosted in Flak Photo Books, a Facebook group designed to facilitate the collaborative exploration of new ideas in photography. 

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Naturally, we'd love for more people to hear about this; please feel free to share this news with friends, students and colleagues who would be interested in contributing to the dialogue. Please, join us!

Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012.

 

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