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Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)

Sunday 9 November, 2pm – 3pm

To mark the final day of the exhibition ‘Second Sight – The David Kronn Photography Collection’ (IMMA, s.d) Brett Rogers (Director of the Photographers’ Gallery, London and OBE) discussed her curatorial interests in photography practice today.

Rogers surveyed her top photography shows that have set the agenda for photography curating today. The exhibitions discussed occurred between the dates 1942 to 2003 i.e. from ‘Road to Victory: A Procession of Photographs of the Nation at War’ (1942) curated by Edward Steichen at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, to ‘Cruel and Tender: The real in the twentieth century photograph’ (2003), the Tate’s first major exhibition dedicated to photography. Also discussed was John Szarkowski’s time as curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and in particular his two shows ‘New Documents’ (1967) and ‘Mirrors and Windows’ (1978); Edward Steichen’s ‘Family of Man’ (1955) exhibition also figured prominently. Afterwards there was a lively discussion with the audience where among the topics raised was the difference between curating for a museum (which possessed a permanent collection) and a gallery exhibition. The conclusion of the lecture was followed by the official launch of the catalogue ‘Second Sight. The David Kronn Collection’ (IMMA, 2014).


IMMA (s.d) Second Sight: The David Kronn Photography Collection [online] At: http://www.imma.ie/en/page_236842.htm  (Accessed on 10.11.14)

IMMA (2014) Second Sight. The David Kronn Collection. Dublin: Irish Museum of Modern Art