In the course of research for a book on the work of Vivan Sundaram, I gave a talk at the Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi on 8 November, 2016, titled “The Staged and Constructed Image.” The subject reveals my ongoing interest in, and work about, a range of topics touched upon by the paradigm shift from analogue to digital photography. This shift has entailed a vexation of the “truth effect” of photography, and consequently, of the notion that photography is an art – if not the art – of memory. I have also probed this notion in my projects Verso and Dear Fusia. The moderator at this talk was Ravi Aggarwal and the respondent was Prashant Panjiar; the second respondent, Devika Daulet-Singh’s flight from Goa was delayed, so I only met her later at the dinner, but we struck up a good dialogue and she invited me to see her fabulous gallery the next day, Photoink in Delhi (http://www.photoink.net/)
This is the flyer for the talk: http://www.ficart.org/fica-calender-of-events/2016/11/8/staged-and-constructed-image-talk-by-ruth-rosengarten
I gathered far too many images for a single talk, but wanted the freedom to improvise (a little). I’ve removed some of them, for the sake of greater succinctness here, as well as excising my lecture notes, and saved the talk in five separate PDFs – so you’re free to read your own narrative into the sequencing of images, which tell several stories about photography, and in particular, about photography in the digital age.