Joel-Peter Witkin visits Austin as Icon of Photography No. 14

Thursday, May 24th, 7pmReality is an Invention, New Mexico, 2008

Blanton Museum Auditorium | University of Texas | Austin, Texas

ACP Members FREE

$15 general admission in advance | $20 at the door

$10 student/senior/military in advance | $15 at the door

Continuing the tradition of bringing photography’s most inspirational figures to Austin, Austin Center for Photography (ACP) is pleased to announce Icons of Photography No.14 with Joel-Peter Witkin. Beginning in 2009, the quarterly Icons of Photography Lecture Series features world renowned photographers as they present their work, methods, and stories. These lectures are the cornerstone of ACP’s service to Austin and the local photography community.

Photographer Joel-Peter Witkin pushes boundaries with his powerful and exploratory photographs of the human condition. He has long pursued his interest in spirituality and morality and how it impacts the physical world. Finding beauty within the grotesque, Witkin focuses on subjects cast aside by society — human spectacles and “any living myth…bearing the wounds of Christ.” Heavily influenced by art history and literature, Witkin’s expressive and provocative photographs question established notions of beauty and normality. Following the lecture, Witkin will sign his latest books, which are available for purchase at the Blanton bookstore. 

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