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TED photography talks

Thursday July 22nd, 2010

Petapixel has a great list of all the talks relating to photography at TED. In case you are one of the few people with internet who have not yet been forwarded a TED video, here’s a little background. TED, which stands for Technology – Entertainment – Design, is a nonprofit devoted to “ideas worth spreading.” On their website, they share (for free) the presentations given at their frequent conferences by people with interesting ideas.

One of the most popular of these talks in the Wonderful Machine office is by Taryn Simon, who meditates on photography’s relation to truth:

Photography threatens fantasy… it confronts constructed realities, myths and beliefs, and provides what appears to be evidence of a truth. But there are multiple truths attached to every image, depending on the creator’s intention, the viewer and the context in which it is presented.

You can watch the full talk below.

Simon’s talk ends with her collection of images of people wrongly accused of crimes. Recently we were fascinated by a series of photographs by Matt Rainwaters, which also dealt with crime and punishment, and the ambiguous truths that can be discovered in the space of the prison. Check out the series, called “Offender,” on his website and read more about it on his blog.

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