Photographers Vanessa Winship, Gregory Halpern, Emanuele Brutti and Piergiorgio Casotti discuss the role of the photobook in relation to their projects on view at ICP in But Still, It Turns: Recent Photography from the World. The artists will be led in conversation by writer, curator, and contributor to the But Still, It Turns catalog, Rebecca Bengel, as they discuss their books, the exhibition catalog, and the field of photobooks.

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About the Exhibition

Guest curated by photographer Paul Graham, But Still, It Turns: Recent Photography from the World features nine contemporary photographers that present images made in the 21st-century United States, working directly from life and reflecting a movement towards a lyrical documentary practice. Extending the tradition of Robert Frank, Walker Evans, Gordon Parks, and Diane Arbus, this work fits a notion of “photography from the world”—photography that resists both narrative arcs and the drama of photojournalism or staged photography, grappling instead with the world as it is, in all its tangle and wonder. The exhibition features work by Vanessa Winship, Curran Hatleberg, Richard Choi, Gregory Halpern, Piergiorgio Casotti and Amanuele Brutti, Kristine Potter, and Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa. Reserve your timed ticket to see the exhibition in person at

About the Rules are Broken: A Year in Imagemaking

The Rules are Broken: A Year in Imagemaking is a weeklong series dedicated to exploring critical issues and their impact on imagemaking. This year’s event focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic, protests against police brutality and marches in support of Black lives, photobooks and place-making, and the impact of 2020 on the future of imagemaking. See the full schedule of events and get your ticket to the event series to attend this talk.

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Speaker Bios

Rebecca Bengal writes fiction and nonfiction and is a regular contributor to Aperture. Her essays, interviews, and other writing about photography have also been published by The New York Times, The New Yorker’s Photo Booth, The Paris Review Daily, Bookforum, T, New York, The Nation,, and the Criterion Collection, among others. Her short story “The Jeremys” appears in Justine Kurland’s Girl Pictures (Aperture) and she contributed a semifictional text to Carolyn Drake’s Knit Club (TBW Books). Originally from western North Carolina, she is based in Brooklyn.

Emanuele Brutti was born in 1984 in Verona. After living between Germany and Ireland, he decided in 2013/2014 to attend a master in photojournalism program at Luz Photo Agency in Milan. As a photographer he is particularly interested in long-term projects focused on the relationship between social issues, people, and their environment. His desire to cooperate with different artists brought him to found Fonderia 20.9, an artist-run space in Verona dealing with contemporary photography, together with Chiara Bandino and Francesco Biasi. He currently works and lives in Verona.

Piergiorgio Casotti was born in 1972 in Italy and graduated with a degree in economics. His photography career began in the field of fashion; after a couple of years, he devoted himself intensively to documentary photography, committing to long-term projects. His attraction to the dynamics of human beings and developing urban societies has lately brought him to Greenland, Mongolia, and Sakhalin Island. In recent years he started to use video as a documentary form and as a way to complement and further develop the photographic language.

 Gregory Halpern grew up in Buffalo, New York, and has been photographing in the region for twenty years. He has published six books of photographs, including Let the Sun Beheaded Be (2020), Omaha Sketchbook (2019), Confederate Moons (2018), ZZYZX (2016), A (2011), and East of the Sun, West of the Moon (2014), a collaboration with his wife, Ahndraya Parlato. He is also the editor of The Photographer’s Playbook: Over 250 Assignments and Ideas (2014). He holds a BA in history and literature from Harvard University and an MFA from California College of the Arts. He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2014 and is an associate member of Magnum Photos. He teaches photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology, in Rochester, New York.

Vanessa Winship, 1960 UKHolds a BA in cinema, video, and photography from the Polytechnic of Central London. Since 1999 - present she lived and worked in the Balkans and countries surrounding the Black Sea. In 2005 joins Agence VU, Paris. Her work has been shown in regional shows including Side Gallery, Newcastle. In 2014 her first career survey at Fundación Mapfre, Madrid. In 2018 her first major London exhibition in the UK: And Time Folds, was held at Barbican Gallery. She is recipient of two World Press Awards, and the Prix HCB (2011). She is author of five monographs.


Image: Courtesy Mack Books