Photography is the most prevalent and universal form of communication in the world. In the age of the internet, we are constantly inundated with a barrage of images from around the world and it is through photographs that we are able to gain access to people, places, and events far beyond the reach of our eyes. Photography is a language, yet unlike French or Chinese or Swahili, we are never taught in a formal way how to understand images. To truly comprehend their nuances and sophistication we must study photography in order to achieve greater appreciation of the art and its ability to communicate so much to so many.
In this rich lecture, Matthew Baum will present images from the canon of photography and discuss how they function to communicate information, emotions and a deeper understanding of the world.