Curator of photography Gregory Harris joins Joe and Matthew at a special location to talk curation, types of photography, museum culture, and the ins and outs of such institutional challenges as wall text.
Specifically, they examine social documentary and the differences among related genres. Technology shifts across decades are put into context. “Film vs Digital” is observed as a minor inflection point.
Of course, all of this requires the splitting of hairs. Gregory turns out to be a dog guy. The phrase “geometric dislocation” is introduced into the Brain Fuzz lexicon.
(Un)required Resources for Episode 49
- Second Self Brewery
- Marcia Wood Gallery
- Chris Verene
- Gelatin silver process on Wikipedia
- Digital photography on Wikipedia
- Diane Arbus on artnet
- Garry Winogrand at Fraenkel Gallery
- “Long Before Photoshop, the Soviets Mastered the Art of Erasing People from Photographs — and History Too” on Open Culture
- Robert Capa’s Death of a Loyalist Soldier on Artsy
- “Version Control Isn’t Just for Programmers” on OpenSource.com
- Marilyn Minter
- “You Press The Button, We Do The Rest” on Wikipedia
- “Depth of Focus” by Chris Wiley in Frieze
- Mathew Brady bio at Battlefields.org
- “8 Bold Biohacks That Blur the Line Between Human and Machine” at Digital Trends
- “The Revolt Against Google Glassholes” in The New York Post
- Paul D’Amato
- Edward Burtynsky
- Robert Frank at the International Center of Photography
- Contact High: A Visual History of Hip Hop at Amazon
- Gordon Parks bio at The Gordon Parks Foundation
- David LaChapelle
- Deana Lawson at Rhona Hoffman Gallery
- Curran Hatleberg
- Skylark Editions
Who Is Gregory Harris?
Gregory Harris is the Associate Curator of Photography at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. He is a specialist in contemporary photography with a particular interest in documentary practice. Since joining the High in 2016, Harris has curated the exhibitions Way Out There: The Art of Southern Backroads and Look Again: 40 Years of Collecting Photographs as well as solo shows with Thomas Struth, Paul Graham, and Amy Elkins. He recently lead the expansion and installation of the High new photography galleries.
Before joining the High, Harris was the Assistant Curator at the DePaul Art Museum in Chicago. He previously held curatorial positions in the Photography Department at the Art Institute of Chicago. Harris has also contributed essays to monographs by Matthew Brandt, Paul D’Amato, Amy Elkins, Jill Frank, and the Metabolic Studio.
In addition to his curatorial work, Harris is a member of the Advisory Council of Atlanta Celebrates Photography. He earned a BFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago, and an MA in art history from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Bio and photo courtesy of the High Museum of Art