DPP Lecture Series: David Levi Strauss

Fri 27 Mar, 6:30pm

The Photographers' Gallery

London, UK

£7 / £4

Acclaimed writer, scholar and critic David Levi Strauss interrogates how images are selected, deployed and circulated to produce specific political and cultural meanings.

David Levi Strauss is the author of Words Not Spent Today Buy Smaller Images Tomorrow (Aperture, 2014), From Head to Hand: Art and the Manual (Oxford, 2010), Between the Eyes: Essays on Photography & Politics, with an introduction by John Berger (Aperture, 2003, and in a new edition, 2012), and Between Dog & Wolf: Essays on Art & Politics (Autonomedia, 1999, and in a new edition with a prolegomenon by Hakim Bey, 2010). Documenta 13 published his essay In Case Something Different Happens in the Future: Joseph Beuys and 9/11 as a booklet in their 100 Notes — 100 Thoughts series from Hatje Cantz. Strauss was a Guggenheim fellow in 2003 and received the Infinity Award for Writing from the International Center of Photography in 2007. He is Chair of the graduate program in Art Criticism & Writing at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he also runs the Art Criticism & Writing Lecture Series (

In his introduction to Between the Eyes, John Berger wrote, “Strauss, who is a poet and storyteller as well as being a renowned commentator on photography (I reject the designation critic) looks at images very hard . . . and comes face-to-face with the unexplained. Again and again. The unexplained that he encounters has only little to do with the mystery of art and everything to do with the mystery of countless lives being lived.” And Luc Sante wrote, “David Levi Strauss brings an eloquent and deep moral seriousness to his examination of photography. Again and again he makes the ringing point that trying to separate aesthetics and politics can only result in vacuity. He is photography’s troubled conscience.

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6 February - 6 April 2015

Photographer's Gallery, London

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16-18 Ramillies Street
London W1F 7LW

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