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Gotcha: How Photographers and Technology Changed the World

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 5:30pm
English Faculty, University of Oxford

We are delighted to welcome DAWN AIREY to Oxford as this year's Visiting Professor of Creative Media.  Dawn Airey is one of the most influential figures in the world of digital culture. She has had an immensely distinguished media career, having held senior positions at ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, of which she was CEO. She was subsequently Senior Vice President of Yahoo Europe, and she is now CEO of Getty Images, the greatest collection of still images and film footage in the world.

She is giving two lectures while she is in Oxford on the theme of 'No Filter: Power and Pictures in a Post Truth World'. 

This first lecture is entitled ‘Gotcha: How Photographers and Technology Changed the World’. Photography is a powerful medium which, unlike other formats, has burgeoned over time rather than dwindled. The history of photography is often about who controls the image, and to that end, the role of the photographer is critical. We are moving towards a world in which everything is witnessed, everything is recorded, and control is moving from central authorities and a few photographs in the hands of many to one in which everyone can own their own story and their own truth. This lecture will discuss the choices that photographers make and will explore the effects of universal documentation – leading us to ask more questions about whose truth it is we are seeking and telling.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception to which all are warmly invited.

Everyone is welcome to what promises to be a provocative and stimulating set of lectures. 

Contact name: 
Seamus Perry
Audience: 
Open to all