Thu, 15 April 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST


How Photography Invents the World

Geoff Dyer

In the spirit of the intellectual curiosity of Berger, Sontag and Didion, Geoff Dyer helps us to see the world around us, and within us, afresh.

Join the award-winning author of The Ongoing Moment and ‘national treasure’ (Zadie Smith) for an illuminated history of how photographs frame and change our perspectives.

Starting from single images by the world’s most important photographers – from Eugène Atget to Alex Webb – Dyer will show us how to read a photograph, as he takes us through a series of close readings that are by turns moving, funny, prescient and surprising.

He says: “You take photographs in order to document things and these documents then acquire a quality of elegy. What is extraordinary is the speed with which this happens, the brevity of the ‘then’. As soon as the images emerge in the developing tray – even, conceivably, the moment the shutter is clicked – they are imbued with how they will be seen in the future. (Now, of course, the process itself has an elegiac quality too.)”

Don’t miss this chance to encounter a critical mind of the first order as he explores the definitive art form of our age.

Praise for Geoff Dyer:

“Brilliant . . . Dyer’s eyes miss nothing” ― Observer

“There’s no other writer quite like Dyer” ― Time

“Inspiring and informing” ― Guardian

“Even Chekhov might have envied Geoff Dyer’s talent . . . Almost perfect” ― Spectator

“Geoff Dyer is a true original – one of those rare voices in contemporary literature that never ceases to surprise, disturb and delight” – William Boyd

“Reading Dyer is akin to the sudden elation and optimism you feel when you make a new friend, someone as silly as you but cleverer too, in whose company you know you will travel through life more vagrantly, intensely, joyfully” ― Daily Telegraph

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Geoff Dyer

Novelist and Critic

Geoff Dyer is the author of ten non-fiction books and four novels. He has won the Somerset Maugham Prize, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, a Lannan Literary Award, the International Center of Photography’s 2006 Infinity Award for writing on photography and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ E.M. Forster Award. In 2012 he won a National Book Critics Circle Award and in 2015 he received a Windham Campbell Prize for non-fiction. His books have been translated into twenty-four languages.