Magnum Symposium: The Medium is the Message
Tickets will go on sale Mon 3 Jun.
Join Magnum photographers and speakers from the worlds of journalism and the arts in an exploration of contemporary agency.
This compelling all-day symposium hosts four panel discussions with Magnum photographers and invited guests, and two keynote presentations by speakers from the worlds of journalism and the arts.
Join our speakers as we explore ideas of contemporary agency through four strands:
- Trust and authenticity
- Imaging, technology, and the digital environment
- Authorship & creativity
Speakers include: Jonas Bendiksen, Carolyn Drake, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Max Houghton (Course Leader for MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography and a Senior Lecturer in photography at London College of Communication), Job Rabkin (Commissioning Editor at Channel 4 News), Alona Pardo (Curator, Barbican Centre), Olivia Arthur, Peter van Agtmael, Antoine d’Agata, Sohrab Hura, Yasufumi Nakamori (Senior Curator of International Art (photography) at Tate Modern), Alex Majoli, Cristina de Middel and Mikhael Subotzky.
60p booking fee per online transaction, 70p by phone.
No fee when tickets are booked in person.
Booking fees are per transaction and not per ticket. If your booking contains several events the highest booking fee will apply. Booking fees do not currently apply to bookings for exhibitions in the Art Gallery. The booking fee may be reduced on certain events.
Explore the schedule
On Trust and Authenticity
Magnum photographers Jonas Bendiksen, Carolyn Drake and Alessandra Sanguinetti will be in conversation with writer and educator, Max Houghton.
Job Rabkin, Commissioning Editor, Investigations, Channel 4 News joins us. Rabkin’s team were recently awarded one of the world's most prestigious journalism awards, a Peabody Award for News, for their undercover investigation into Cambridge Analytica, of which he will speak about.
Alona Pardo, Photography Curator here at the Barbican sits in conversation with Magnum photographers Olivia Arthur and Peter van Agtmael.
The Camera as Tool
Consider technology and the camera. Magnum photographers Antoine d’Agata and Sohrab Hura discuss the growing use of imaging technology within society and the photographic culture that is defined by a changing media environment and networked culture. d'Agata and Hura will discuss their artistic approaches to making work in and about this environment.
Dr. Mark Sealy, MBE, curator, cultural historian and director of Autograph, will focus on photography's relationship to human rights, identity politics and social change.
On Authorship & Creativity
Cristina de Middel, Alex Majoli and Mikhael Subotzky will discuss the role of authorship and documentary in contemporary documentary practice with Dr Yasufumi Nakamori, Senior Curator of International Art (Photography) at Tate Modern.
Frobisher Rooms 4, 5 & 6
The Frobisher Rooms are located on Level 4 in the main Barbican building and can be accessed by lift or stairs from Level G.
Silk Street, London
The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.