Artist Talk: Daniel Buren on Photography

Thursday, 26 April 2018 18.00-20.00

Stills is excited to announce that the renowned contemporary artist, Daniel Buren, will visit Edinburgh to present a lecture on photography - outlining his thoughts on the medium and the vital role that photography plays as a tool for documenting his work.

Daniel Buren is widely considered to be one of the most important figures in contemporary art. At the end of the 1960s, he abandoned traditional painting and developed a radical form of conceptual art, adopting 8.7cm wide vertical stripes (1965) and using them as a ‘visual tool’ to prompt a reading of the work’s surroundings rather than just the work itself. Made with paint, fabric, paper and tape, among other materials, the stripes are part of interventions made in galleries, museums, and public sites. For the past fifty years Buren has mainly made works in situ. His pieces respond to the specifications of the particular location in which they stand. Buren’s works have become more sculptural and architectural, although the characteristic stripes are still a key element.

*Location: French Institute of Scotland, West Parliament Square, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF

£10 (+booking fee)

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Image Credit: Daniel Buren, The Big Wall, Up and Down, Diamonds and Circles, Black and White, permanent work in situ, Tottenham Court Road Station, London, 2008-2016 . Detail © DB-ADAGp Paris

Daniel Buren, The Big Wall, Up and Down, Diamonds and Circles, Black and White

Reading Photography, Week 1: The Camera

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 18.00 - 20.00

The first in a six week programme of evening discussions led by Stills Tutor and Research Associate, David Grinly, inviting you to respond to a lecture on the Nature of Photography now.

How have changes in technology affected the way photography is experienced and understood, and how have these things changed the coordinates of our communication.


This week we will be considering The Camera: what is the nature of the machine, how does it work and what impact do the operations of the camera have on the viewer of the image, expert or non-expert? What does shutter speed mean other than a mechanical measurement of time? And what happens when we don’t have a mechanical shutter anymore? 


This event is bookable individually or as part of the full course running for 6 sessions, 23 May - 27 June

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Reading Photography

World Wide Pinhole Photography Day 2018

Sunday, 29 April 2018 11.00AM - 5.00PM

29 April 2018 is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day!


In celebration, we're hosting a drop-in day of practical pinhole photography so you can join in the fun! Come along to explore the creative potential of this magical and captivating process.


We'll have lots of cameras available to take for a test drive, from tiny matchbox spy-cameras, cylindrical biscuit tin cameras, Ilford’s 5x4 Obscura camera and even digital pinhole conversions for those who want to explore alternative processes without the chemicals! 

Everyone will have a chance to take and process a picture with the option to then scan and upload it to the Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day online exhibition!


If you have already built your own camera, we will be opening up our facilities to all pinhole photographers who need a place to process, scan and re-load!


There'll also be the chance to learn more about the enchanting realm of solography and further pinhole developments to help build on the achievements of the day.


This course is suitable for all ages. There will be fun handouts and practical things to take home.


Free to drop-in, though if you would like to register for a place in advance please follow this link to get your Eventbrite ticket.

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