Image: Jeff Wall, Passerby, 1996. Courtesy of the artist. © Jeff Wall

Jeff Wall has been at the forefront of photographic art for the last few decades. In the late 1970s he began to make singular images presented on the exhibition wall as tableaux at ‘life scale’. In doing so, Wall broke with the printed page as the dominant dimension and context for photography. In this discussion, Wall considers how his interest in scale and the beholder in the gallery space shape his image making as he moves between documentary and more cinematographic pictures. Wall will be in conversation with David Campany, ICP’s managing director of programs. David has written a number of texts on Wall’s work, including the book Picture for Women.

About the Series

ICP Talks is ICP’s Photographer’s lecture series. Join us monthly each season for four one-hour lectures featuring renowned photographers who champion social change through photography, employ exciting alternative and emerging practices, or asks critical questions about the form. The Fall season takes place online from September through December and features Dayanita Singh, Joshua Rashaad McFadden, Pacifico Silano, and Jeff Wall.

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Speaker Bios:

Jeff Wall was born in Vancouver, where he lives and works, in 1946. He has exhibited his photographs internationally for the past 40 years. His pictures, in both black and white and colour, are usually large in scale and done in collaboration with performers. He calls them ‘cinematographic’. He is considered to be one of the artists who has led the way in emphasizing the affinities between photography, painting, and cinema. His work is included in many major public and private collections. Including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Tate Modern, London, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He taught art in universities in Canada for twenty-five years, and his critical writing has been collected and published in several languages. He has been awarded several prizes, including the Hasselblad Award for photography in 2002 and the Roswitha Haftmann Prize in 2003. 

David Campany is a curator, writer, and managing director of programs at the International Center of Photography, New York. His books include On Photographs (2020), A Handful of Dust (2015), Art and Photography (2003), Jeff Wall: Picture for Women (2011), Walker Evans: the Magazine Work (2014), and The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip (2014).