Flashpoints: Photographs as Icons, Catalysts, Metaphors and Signs
Alison Nordström offers a broad survey of photographs in popular culture that may or may not have caused social change. Join her to think together about how certain photographs in the past might be understood today as initiators, manifestations, or records of change, and to do this in hopes of understanding photography and change in the present and the future.
About Alison Nordström
Dr. Alison Nordström was founding Director/Senior Curator of the Southeast Museum of Photography in Florida and, until recently, was the Senior Curator of Photographs and Director of Exhibitions at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. She is currently a Research Associate in the photograph collection at the Peabody Museum, Harvard. She has curated exhibitions in Canada, England, Japan, The Netherlands, Spain, France, Finland, Switzerland, Australia and Samoa as well as many American institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Phillips Collection, The Photographic Resource Center and the Boston Public Library. In 2011, the Griffin Museum awarded her the Focus Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Image 1 : Earth from Apollo 17. NASA Image #AS17-148-22727, 1972
Image 2: Nick Ut, Children Fleeing an American Napalm Strike’, Vietnam, 1972