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Daniel Blochwitz, John Spinks, Gil Pasternak & Juliet Hacking, chaired by Sue Barr

Slow Seeing: The Analog in Photography

Series: AA Collections Talks
Date: Monday 18 February 2019
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 0 mins

Now that the AA’s historic photographic and film collection has joined the AA Archive, and to celebrate the launch of a major digitisation project, a distinguished panel of speakers will discuss the spectre of the digital dark age, the resurgence of the analogue, and the meaning and challenges of photographic seeing within analogue versus digital photography.

Sue Barr holds a PhD from the Royal College of Art and is head of Photography at the AA. She works and exhibits internationally, most recently as part of the AutoPhoto exhibition at the Fondation Cartier in Paris. 

Daniel Blochwitz is an independent curator as well as artistic director of photo basel, the Swiss art fair dedicated to photography and photo-based art. He has taught photography in courses, workshops and lectures at various universities and schools in the United States and Europe and his own photo-based work has been exhibited and published internationally.

Juliet Hacking is Programme Director for Sotheby’s Institute of Art MA course in Contemporary Art. Prior to this, she held the position of Head of the Photographs Department at Sotheby’s auction house in London. She is the author of 'Lives of the Great Photographers' (2015), general editor of 'Photography: The Whole Story' (2012), and has recently published ‘Photography and the Art Market’ (2018).

Gil Pasternak is Reader in Social and Political Photographic Cultures in the Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC) at De Montfort University, where he also leads the Photographic History MA Programme. Earlier in his career he worked as a photojournalist and a war photographer in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and in South Lebanon. He also practiced fine art photography and presented his work in a number of art galleries, including Tate Modern, the ICA, Machida Municipal Print Museum (Tokyo) and Kodeljevo Grad (Slovenia).

John Spinks is a renowned photographer who started his early career in fashion portraiture and commercial work for publications including Vogue, The Face, i-D, Wall Street Journal, Le Monde and the New York Times. He has also contributed to campaigns for Levi’s, Selfridges, Shinola and the menswear label Albam. His more recent work includes the evocative and highly acclaimed book, ‘The New Village’ (Bemojake, 2017) - a portrait of a Warwickshire mining village taken over a 17 year period using large format, 10 x 8 plates.

Image: Lantern slide of Albert Memorial, Kensington Gardens (AA).

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.