Developing Influences: Photography and Power

The Wheeler Centre

Event Date: 
18 May 2022
Author / Presenters: 
Atong Atem, Shannon May Powell, James J. Robinson, and Tai Snaith

Helmut Newton is one of the most influential fashion photographers of all time, but the sexual objectification of his subjects has long been criticised. Join a panel of contemporary photographers as they contemplate the divisive eye behind the lens, and discuss how they engage with inspiring – and challenging – influences from the past.

In association with the Jewish Museum of Australia’s landmark new retrospective Helmut Newton: In Focus, photographers Atong Atem, Shannon May Powell and James J. Robinson explore the history of photography as both an art form and a trade, the balance between capturing aesthetic beauty and objectification, and discuss how photography can be used as a tool for empowerment.

In conversation with host Tai Snaith, they share their varied professional and artistic experiences and offer a contemporary lens on the power and politics of photography.

Presented in partnership with Jewish Museum of Australia and PHOTO 2022