Kashmir through the Camera

What does it mean to own, display, and be responsible for the culture of others? Chicago-based photographer Larry Snider and “Collecting Paradise” curator Rob Linrothe addressed this question at “Photography and the State of Kashmir,” an April 1 discussion. Students, faculty, and community members came curious to the Block Museum, ready to examine what it […]

Gordon Parks: A Renaissance Man

On May 16, 2009, the Block hosted a panel discussion about Gordon Parks’s influence on photography and film. Participants included Bob Black, cofounder and vice president of the Chicago Association of African American Photographers; Philip Brookman, director of curatorial affairs, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Darlene Clark Hine, chair and professor, Department of African […]

The Artist at War: John Swope and the History of War Photography

John Swope, Arai, September 5, 1945, gelatin silver print. John Swope Collection, ©John Swope Trust. On September 26, 2008, Carolyn Peter, director of the Laband Art Gallery, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, spoke about photographer John Swope’s images of Japan at the end of World War II and their relationship to war documentation. Peter is […]