In conversation: Andrew Dewdney with Victoria Walsh

Join Andrew Dewdney and Victoria Walsh in conversation on The Royal Photographic Society’s Livestream, 27 June 2023 at 18.00. 

Andrew received the RPS’s Education Award in 2022 which is given is given for outstanding achievement or sustained contribution in photographic education. The conversation will last for around 45 minutes followed by an opportunity for questions.

Ways of Seeing Photography. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. Each evening we see the sun set. We know that the earth is turning away from it. Yet the knowledge, the explanation, never quite fits the sight (John Berger (1972) Ways of Seeing). Andrew Dewdney in conversation with Victoria Walsh will discuss his experience of the radical changes in the technologies of seeing and the consequences for photographic cultures. The conversation will touch upon photography’s relationship to education, media, technology, art, exhibition, museums and politics in the UK over the past fifty years.  

Victoria Walsh is Professor of Art History and Curating and Head of Curating Contemporary Art Programme at the Royal College of Art. She was Head of Public Programmes at Tate between 2005 and 2011, in which time she worked closely with Andrew Dewdney and David Dibosa on the AHRC funded research project, Tate Encounters: Britishness and Visual Cultures. Amongst her research she has published on artists’ use of the photographic image in exhibition-making, with specific reference to the work of Nigel Henderson and Richard Hamilton.

Andrew Dewdney is Professor of Educational Development and co-director of the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image in the School of Arts and Creative Industries at London South Bank University. He has been involved in photography in education in schools, community and universities since the mid 1970s. In 2021 Goldsmiths press published his monograph, Forget Photography examining how photography has been irrevocably transformed by computation, but in which the cultures of photography persist.