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Literary Gibbes: A Book Club Discussion

Right: <i>Worker Straddling Railroad Cars</i>, c. 1938, by Alfred Eisenstaedt (American, 1898-1995). Gelatin silver print. Gift of Mr. Robert W. Marks. 1974.012.0072.

Right: Worker Straddling Railroad Cars, c. 1938, by Alfred Eisenstaedt (American, 1898-1995). Gelatin silver print. Gift of Mr. Robert W. Marks. 1974.012.0072.

Join us for a book-club style discussion in collaboration with Charleston County Public Library inspired by In Body and Soul: The Figure in Modernist Photography. Drawn from the Robert Marks Collection, this exhibition features thirty photographs by renowned 20th century photographers. From Alfred Stieglitz's intimate composite portraits of Georgia O’Keeffe to Lewis Hine’s depictions of American laborers, modernist-era photographers radically shifted how the human body was captured on film and for what purpose. Employing a variety of techniques from cropping and zooming, to distortion and framing, photographers explored the human figure for social, performative, voyeuristic, and documentary purposes. Highlights include the work of Stieglitz, Hines, Berenice Abbott, Margaret Bourke-White, George Platt Lynes, and László Moholy-Nagy.

Susan Sontag described On Photography, winner of the National Book Critic's Circle Award for Criticism in 1977, as "a progress of essays about the meaning and career of photographs." These essays began a conversation about photography as an artistic medium that we are still engaged in today.

"Susan Sontag has written a book of great importance and originality. . . . All future discussion or analysis of the role of photography in the affluent mass-media societies is now bound to begin with her book."—John Berger, author of Ways of Seeing

"After Susan Sontag, photography must be written about not only as a force in the arts, but as one that is increasingly powerful in the nature and destiny of our global society."—Newsweek

The discussion will focus on the book by Susan Sontag and work in the exhibition. Please read the book so you can participate in the discussion. For more information, contact Becca Hiester at 843-722-2706x237 or [email protected].

Please Note: The discussion will take place over Zoom and will NOT be held at the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Discussion is free for all, but please register in advance to receive the Zoom call information.