Photography and Fictions (QFP5 Conference)

Organization: Queensland Centre for Photography

Venue: Queensland Centre for Photography

Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Event Date/Time: Apr 23, 2014 / 9:00 am - (GMT +10:00 hours) End Date/Time: Apr 26, 2014 / 4:00 pm - (GMT +10:00 hours)
Registration Date: Apr 23, 2014 Time: 09:00:00(GMT +10:00 hours)
Early Registration Date: Mar 15, 2014 Time: 23:30:00(GMT +10:00 hours)
Abstract Submission Date: Dec 15, 2013 Time: 23:30:00(GMT +10:00 hours)
Paper Submission Date: Apr 23, 2014 Time: 09:00:00(GMT +10:00 hours)
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The conference will examine the role of fictions in photo-media, presenting current research by academics, post-graduates and artists.This conference is targeted at researchers, academics, educators and artists. Photography students are encouraged to participate.

A major publication Photography & Fictions based on the conference papers will be published by the Queensland Centre for Photography in 2014.

Keynote speakers include NYC artists Kahn & Selesnick and Gael Newton, Senior Curator of Australian and International Photography at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra.

The conference themes will examine the role of fictions in photo-media.

Photography has through history been intractably linked to truthfulness due to its documentary nature, yet it has from the medium's beginning also been used as a means of telling stories, constructing hegemonies and evoking the imaginary. Current changes in technology and the overwhelming number of images in the social domain are driving artists to explore new avenues, shifting the medium from a critical tool to one of proposals, radically changing its relation to memory as it moves to illustrate the future and revisit the past.

Presentations of current research, works in progress and contributions to photographic history and theory are encouraged that address these timely issues.

  • Staged and constructed photography
  • Cinematic and directorial photography
  • Poetic truth and literal truth
  • Manipulated and esoteric photography
  • Media and message
  • Fashion and advertising fictions
  • Historical and digital technologies
  • Intermediality

The Queensland Centre for Photography (QCP) is a non-profit organization that facilitates connections between audience and art practitioners through a program of exhibitions, publications, educational services, a biennial festival of photography and a collection of works. As one of the leading photo-media institutions in Australia the QCP endeavours to promote, both nationally and internationally, a greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic and cultural legacy of contemporary photography.


32 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane


Queensland Centre for Photography
32 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane

Conference Speakers

Keynote 1: Kahn & Selesnick.

The artists will be launching the Photography & Fictions Conference with a keynote presentation of their work. Richard Selesnick and Nicholas Kahn have been collaborating as Kahn/Selesnick since 1988 on a series of complex narrative photo-novellas and sculptural installations. They were both born in 1964, in New York City and London respectively. They specialize in fictitious histories set in both the past and future. The artists have participated in over 100 solo and group exhibitions worldwide and have work in over 20 collections including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Institution.


Keynote 2: Gael Newton

Gael Newton is the Senior Curator of Australian and International Photography at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra, Australia. She has been a major curatorial figure in Australia since 1974.