OPENING KEYNOTE SESSION BY LARRY SCHAAF
We are delighted to announce the title and abstract for the opening keynote session by Larry J. Schaaf, on October 27th at Universidade Lusófona.
Professor Schaaf will deliver a presentation titled “The Virtues of Reality: Henry Talbot, Nature and Imagination.”
Much more than a scientific breakthrough, Talbot’s invention of photography was a dramatic demonstration of his fertile imagination.
He started out seeking a replication of reality – the image of Nature as she saw herself – and this he soon attained.
But the unexpected expressiveness of her images unleashed a flood of other ideas about the very nature of representation.
Henry Talbot found himself immersed in a landscape of images that he had never imagined existed.
His enthusiasm – his sense of discovery – was infectious and his influence on subsequent photographers was significant.