Poisoned Pictures – Photography & Ecology

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A joint venture by the KUNST HAUS WIEN and the European Society for the History of Photography (ESHPh) as part of FOTO WIEN.

From the moment the medium itself was first invented, photographic images of nature have played a crucial role in the way we perceive nature. Today, thanks to the medium of photography, we are able to explore remote jungles and alpine mountain ranges without leaving the comfort of our own living rooms. Photography is highly influential in shaping our ideas and our perceptions of nature and landscape. Photography also plays a key role in highlighting the catastrophic impact of extreme capitalist consumerism and the environmental destruction it entails.

With its lectures and discussions featuring international experts, the symposium explores the role of photography in our perception of nature and the implicit possibilities for a new environmental awareness from a range of perspectives, from the early days of the medium right through to the present.


  • Sabine Flach (Head of the institute for Art History, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz)
  • Christoph Schaden (Professor of Educational Science at the faculty of Design at Technische Hochschule Georg Simon Ohm in Nürnberg)
  • Liz Wells (Professor in Photographic Culture, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Plymouth)
  • Aura Seikkula (Doctoral Candidate in Philosophy and Cultural Policy University of Jyväskylä, Finland)

Symposium: 05.04.2019, 2 p.m.–5 p.m.

Concept: Verena Kaspar-Eisert (KUNST HAUS WIEN) and Uwe Schögl (European Society for the History of Photography, ESHPh)

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