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. In the natural sciences, photography provides a scientific epistemological methodology, but also visual evidence for the exploration of nature during early expeditions into unknown landscapes. Nature as an (unspoilt) rural and suburban landscape is an ever popular photographic theme that seems inexhaustible in terms of both its aesthetic and its content.
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.
Concept: Verena Kaspar-Eisert (KUNST HAUS WIEN) and Uwe Schögl (European Society for the History of Photography, ESHPh)
With its lectures and discussions featuring international experts, the symposium entitled Poisoned Pictures – Photography & Ecology 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.