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Publicado em: 14 Julho 2023

International Conference “Photography and Culture Industries: From Leicas to Likes”

Centre for Intercultural Studies, ISCAP-P.Porto, 13 and 14 July 2023

The Centre for Intercultural Studies of ISCAP-P.PORTO will host the Conference “Photography and Culture Industries: From Leicas to Likes”, organised in partnership with the Centre for Languages, Literatures and Cultures of the University of Aveiro, on 13 and 14 July 2023. Visit the conference website at: https://iscap.pt/cei/CEIphotoconference/

This conference is widely concerned with photographic representations and the uses ascribed to them. It intends to explore the meanings and implications of a vast array of approaches to photography, its uses and consumptions, in order to understand the – semiotic, cultural, social, economic, etc. – motives and values that are encoded/decoded in the content of a photographic image. The construction of people, objects, places and events captured in photography rests as much on how they are represented by the choices of the photographer as on how they are interpreted by the gaze of the beholder. 

This conference is concerned with professionally produced photography for sale to the culture industries and related commercial purposes as much as with the representations produced by amateur practice. Certainly, family photographs are repositories of memory that help to understand how the personal and social aspects of remembering are constructed in different cultural settings. But photography is also one of the core cultural industries, according to the concentric circles model of the cultural industries (Throsby, 2008). Photos create emotions, and this attracts potential customers. Photography changed our vision of the world by providing access to never before seen places and times. It enabled images to be copied, mass-distributed and eventually globalized in the (social) media sphere. Photography sells, provides profit for the economy and likes on social media; goes viral on mobile phones and attracts visitors to museums; is both kitsch and erudite.

Registration Fees:
100 euros – Employed Academics
50 Euro – Graduate Students
Registration is free for members of CLLC, U. Aveiro and CEI, ISCAP-P.PORTO

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