Guest Talk – Gary McLeod

We will have British photographer Gary McLeod in our next colloquium held on 22 Sep 2016 (Thursday) to give a talk with the topic “An Unfolding Journey: Rephotography and the Challenger Expedition”. The talk will be started at 5:30pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: 22 Sep 2016 (Thursday)
Time: 5:30pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong


Topic: An Unfolding Journey: Rephotography and the Challenger Expedition

Considering photographing as an implicitly collaborative act, Gary McLeod is a British photographer who creates opportunities for others to contribute explicitly to a process of knowledge-making. First encountering in 2006 a set of photographs made during the Challenger expedition (a 19th Century British mission to circumnavigate the world and advance scientific knowledge of its oceans), contemporary residents were invited to join in collectively rephotographing sites where the original pictures were taken. That prompted a seven-year journey, which not only opened up his practice to others’ voices/contributions, but also highlighted critical issues of authorship and literacy in contemporary uses of photography. Following an overview of rephotography as a genre and a set of common visual practices, this talk tells of a photographic journey into uncertainty and provides a glimpse of where photography can/cannot go. Holding a PhD in Photography from London College of Communication, Gary currently lives in Tokyo and works everywhere else.

To find out more about Gary McLeod, you can check out his pages.


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