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“Let Us Now Praise Famous Men” with Susan Stang

Saturday, April 22nd with Susan Stang


Let us now Praise Famous Men, the great classic of image/text collaboration by author James Agee and photographer Walker Evans, was published in 1941.  It represents an attempt to document the lives of three tenant families through photographs and words, based on time both spent in Alabama with these families during the summer of 1936.  It is an unusual book with a unique structure.  It attempts to use words in an experimental way to express truth.  For some, it is a book that keeps trying to begin without success and many find it hard to read without some guideposts to help them through.  I have read and have taught this book many times.  I will speak about its history, its context and its structure and offer some thoughts on how to read it. -Susan Stang

Susan Hacker Stang is an American photographer, author, and educator. She retired in 2015 after forty-one years as professor of communications at Webster University in St. Louis.  Her work has been collected by more than twenty-five major museums and libraries around the world and appears in numerous books and magazines.  Her photography characteristically employs alternative cameras (such as the Olympus Pen-FT half-frame camera, the Kodak Brownie, and the Holga), or alternative techniques (such as Polaroid emulsion transfer).  Recently she has been using a JOCO VX5, a digital toy camera that is made in Singapore.

The lecture is Free IPHF Members/$5 Non-Members

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