David Levi Strauss talk at IFI Cinema D2


As part of the Arts Council’s Critical Voices 3 programme, David Levi Strauss, US photography critic and author, will give a public lecture on photography and politics.  This lecture will be titled ‘Breakdown in the Gray Room: Reconsidering Images from Abu Ghraib’ and will be held in the IFI at 5.00pm on Thursday 25 May. This event has been organised by the Gallery of Photography in conjunction with Critical Voices 3, and forms part of the Gallery’s season of events and exhibitions on Art & the Legacy of Conflict.

David Levi Strauss is a writer and critic based in New York, where his essays and reviews appear regularly in Artform and Aperture.  He is the author of Between the Eyes: Essays on Photography & Politics, with an introduction by John Berger, Between Dog & Wolf: Essays on Art & Politics and Broken Wings: The Legacy of Landmines (with photography by Bobby Neel Adams), among other books.

In his introduction to Between the Eyes, John Berger wrote, “Strauss, who is a poet and storyteller as well as being a renowned commentator on photography … looks at photography very hard … and comes face-to-face with the unexplained. Again and again. The unexplained that he encounters has only little to do with the mystery of art and everything to do with the mystery of countless lives being lived.”

Luc Sante meanwhile has written, “David Levi Strauss brings an eloquent and deep moral seriousness to his examination of photography.  Again and again he makes the ringing point that trying to separate aesthetics and politics can only result in vacuity.  He is photography’s troubled conscience.”

After the lecture, David Levi Strauss will sign copies of his book, Between the Eyes: Essays on Photography & Politics. The audience will also be invited to a special viewing of the Borderlines exhibition in the Gallery of Photography.

Borderlines is a unique oral/photographic archive project recording personal stories and experiences of life in the border counties. Later that evening (starting approximately 9.30pm) there will be a screening in Meeting House Square of COLLISION: pages from a personal archive, an outdoor projection exhibition by Declan McGonagle specially commissioned by the  Gallery of Photography.

Date: Thursday 25 May. 5.00pm sharp.

Venue: IFI Cinema 2, Dublin 2

Admission is free, places limited, booking advised. For booking and information, telephone 01-6714654 (Gallery of Photography) or email  HYPERLINK