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First Mondays: Discussion Group
Join us for the first discussion session of the new year lead by Dan Hawkins this coming Monday, January 7th at 6pm at the Photo Center.
The reading this month is an essay by none other than the filmmaker (and author) Errol Morris. Long before the release of his 2011 book on photography, Believing is Seeing, Morris wrote the dualing piece, Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire, published on the NY Times website in 2007.
This essay can be seen as an early expression of views held by Mr. Morris about the nature of truth and its relationship to photographic images. These views often stand in opposition to some of the ideas expressed by Susan Sontag in her writings on the Abu Ghbraib photos. I have long enjoyed the films of Errol Morris – especially the Fog of War and his short film about IBM but I find it interesting that he has decided to weigh in on the subject of “truth in photography”.
I am of the opinion that it is often more fruitful to discourse around the ideas that lead people to hold their beliefs rather than simply defend those ideas that we hold in agreement.
Meet us next week to discuss these ideas and more. Hope to see you there!