The Ethics of … Capturing: Panel Talk at the Photographers’ Gallery

The Ethics of… Capturing

Tue 28 May 2019 : 18:30 – 20:30

A Collaboration between The Photographers’ Gallery and the Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts at King’s College London

Photography plays a powerful and pervasive role in contemporary society, and raises a series of complex ethical questions for photographers, their subjects, curators, and audiences. For example, who or what should be captured, and by whom? When, if ever, should we refuse to photograph or be photographed? Which images should be circulated? When should we look, or look away?

In the lead up to TPG’s 50th anniversary in 2021, The Ethics of Photographyis a series of events bringing together practitioners, curators, academics, and other stakeholders, to discuss the enduring ethical issues at the heart of photography. Looking back through a selection of pathbreaking exhibitions from the Gallery’s archive, we explore in depth the moral issues connected with the images at hand.

This first event unpicks The Ethics of… Capturing, with reflection on TPG’s opening exhibition The Concerned Photographer. Questions addressed, both relevant to then and now, include: Does a photographer have a distinct set of artistic, ethical, and professional obligations, different from those of (other) visual artists? Or are there people/objects/scenes that should not be captured or circulated?

Speakers include Paul Lowe, photographer and Course Leader for MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication; Laura Pannack, British social documentary and portrait photographer; Dawn M Wilson, Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Hull; and chaired by Sarah Fine, Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts, King’s College London.

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May 2019

Tate Modern, On the Couch: Franz West and Deleuze

This seminar will take place on Franz West‘s own couches artwork, which were intended to be used in this way. Led by Dr Henry Somers-Hall , in collaboration with Dr. Sacha Golob. The seminars will be followed by a private view of the exhibition.

In collaboration with King’s College London’s Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts.


March 2019

Tate Modern, Exploring Franz West

Explore the impact of the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, on Franz West’s work

Led by Dr Thomas Khurana, in collaboration with Dr. Sacha Golob, this seminar provides an accessible and engaging introduction to Freud in relation to Franz West.

The seminars will be followed by a private view of the exhibition.

In collaboration with King’s College London’s Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts.


Feb – March 2019

Migration, Meaning, Time: CPVA Artists in Residence. Bush House Arcade, London

Exhibition: 1000-1700 Weekdays, Tue 26th Feb – Fri 22nd March (Free)


May 2018


‘Anxiety’.“Every change is a form of liberation. My mother used to say a change is always good even if it’s for the worse.”

Paula Rego

The onset of anxiety is disorientating and can feel dispossessing – but is anxiety bad? How does anxiety arise? What does it make us alert to? Can it lead to a more authentic outlook?

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Join us on the 12th May, 19th May and 2nd June at Tate Britain’s Clore Auditorium and find out more about the sensuous, immediate and intense experience of life in paint, as captured by these painters who strove to represent human figures, their relationships and surroundings in the most intimate of ways.

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Each event will consist of a panel discussion followed by an additional seminar led by experts from CPVA, allowing a closer look at the philosophical texts and arguments in play.

What Makes Us Human: anxiety


Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Coterie Of Questions (2015) Private Collection

There is much talk in the media about the new or toxic levels of anxiety facing many of us today. But there is much can we learn about anxiety from artists and philosophers who have contemplated it using very different mediums. CPVA is delighted to invite you to join us for an exploration of and discussion about Anxiety in the light of the selection of this unparalleled selection of paintings, brought together for a short while, at the Tate Britain.

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Following this event there will be a seminar from 15.30–17.30 in the Duffield Room. Experts from King’s College London’s Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts to look more closely at some of the most influential modern philosophy on anxiety and on mood.

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‘Philosophy in the Gallery’ is a collaboration between The Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts at King’s College London and Tate, supported by the Cultural Institute at King’s.