Is an ecological future for photography possible? As the threat of ecological collapse becomes a near certainty – we have heard much clamour from politicians and activists alike. Indeed, the ongoing climate crisis has shown that our exploitation of nonhuman nature is no longer defined by an abstract graph in a scientific journal – but has devastating, real-world consequences. And in times of crisis, the need for reform is urgent. But when it comes to the arts, most of the discussion falls on content – with our use of materials swept under the rug. Photography, as a product of mass consumption, is embroiled in a legacy of toxic materials. Whether it is silver waste in analogue, or mounds of digital microchips – photography is ripe for ecological transformation.
This session will cover these themes, and the work being done by practitioners across the globe to enact this transformation. Led by Edd Carr, Hannah Fletcher, and Alice Cazenave of the Sustainable Darkroom , it will cover the theory and practice of photography’s green revolution – as well as an insight into their own unique practices.