Women in Photography: On Approach, Practice and Collaborations
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
High Tea at 6:00 pm
Please be seated by 6:25 pm
14 February, 2020 - 14 February, 2020
Cinnamon, Gangadhar Chetty Road
Anna Fox and Karen Knorr, two of Britain’s leading documentary photographers, have constantly pushed the envelope when it comes to what photography can accomplish and what constitutes the documentary style. Playing with notions of authenticity and the truth, they skillfully use humour and satire to comment on the social structures that underpin our relationships with each other, our histories and the world around us. In this conversation, they come together to discuss their approaches to the medium, their individual work and their collaborative projects, with a special focus on their experiences in India and its influence upon their practice.
What kind of storytellers are they? What are the stories they’re attempting to tell? From visual strategies to critical and conceptual frameworks, the two artists break down their process, vision, their mentorship of women in photography and much more.
Karen Knorr (b. 1954) has over the course of the last four decades, developed a critical and playful dialogue with documentary photography using a range of different visual and textual strategies. The boundaries between reality and illusion are blurred in her globally acclaimed work, India Song ( 2008- ), that explores the stories and myths of India and features photographs of animals placed in temples, palaces and other heritage sites across the county. Knorr is Professor of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts, and has been awarded a National Endowment of the Arts in 1986, the Hassleblad Foundation Grant in 1999 and the Pilar Citoler International Photography Prize in 2010. She was also made Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 2018 and is Honorary Chair of Women in Photography Group at the RPS.
Anna Fox (b. 1961) plays with a blend of fact and fiction, in her work, to create both humorous and banal stories about everyday life in different corners of the globe. Frequently picking up on what lies behind the scenes and what most photographers would ignore, she has for the last thirty years, been using image and text or sound to reveal social structures at work within the society around her. Since 2004, Fox has been developing several new bodies of work in India and her first exhibited series, Pulikali, documents the unique tradition of Pulikali (tiger play) performed during the festival of Onam in Kerala. Fox is Professor of Photography at University for the Creative Arts at Farnham, and has received numerous awards, including a Hasselblad Foundation Scholarship, (2000), British Council Visual Arts Award (2009), the National Media Museum Award (2010) and a Leverhulme International Networks Award (2016).