Photographers Curran Hatleberg and Kristine Potter discuss myth-making in photography and the draw of the open road to investigate the American landscape in relation to their work 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 projects and the exhibition on view at ICP through August 29, 2021.

Reserve your copy of the book But Still, It Turns, published by MACK, through ICP’s shop.

Watch and attend more conversations based on But Still, It Turns: Recent Photography from the World. Watch the Curators Talk with Paul Graham, and But Still, It Turns and the Photobook online featuring Rebecca Bengal, Emanuele Brutti and Piergiorgio Casotti, Gregory Halpern, and Vanessa Winship, and register to attend the other But Still, It Turns Conversations with RaMell Ross and Richard Choi (July 14) and Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa (July 21).

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About the Exhibition

Guest curated by photographer Paul Graham, But Still, It Turns 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

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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.

Kristine Potter is an artist based in Nashville, Tennessee, whose work has routinely explored masculine archetypes, the American landscape, and cultural tendencies toward mythologizing the past. Potter was awarded an MFA in photography from Yale University in 2005. She is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow and the 2019/2020 awardee of the Grand Prix Images Vevey. Her work can be found in public and private collections internationally, including the Georgia Museum of Art, 601 Artspace, Swiss Camera Museum, and Foundation Vevey. Potter’s first monograph, Manifest, was published by TBW Books in 2018.

Curran Hatleberg received his MFA from Yale University in 2010. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including recent shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MASS MoCA, Higher Pictures, and Fraenkel Gallery. Hatleberg has taught photography at numerous institutions, including Yale University and Cooper Union. He is the recipient of a 2020 Maryland State Arts Council Grant, a 2015 Magnum Emergency Fund grant, a 2014 Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship grant, and the 2010 Richard Benson Prize for excellence in photography. Hatleberg’s work is held in various museum collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, SF MoMA, KADIST, the Center for Contemporary Photography, the Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University, the Williams College Museum of Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery. Lost Coast, his first monograph, was released by TBW Books in fall 2016. Somewhere Someone, a collaborative artist book with Cynthia Daignault, was released by Hassla Books in fall 2017. His second monograph, Peanut's Dream, will be published by TBW Books in 2021.


Image: Curran Hatleberg, Lost Coast (36), 2014. © Curran Hatleberg