Since the 19th century, photography has been used to capture nature in its various forms. Photographers accompanied explorers and scientists to document the wonders they discovered. Nowadays, artists’ eyes guide us to peer at our intimate emotions and public concerns about the changing world and the life it holds.
Together with the Long Now Foundation, swissnex San Francisco invites audiences to hear from two photographers with unique relationships to nature, Rachel Sussman and Mario Del Curto, in a conversation moderated by SFMOMA photography curator Corey Keller.
In Sussman’s The Oldest Living Things in the World, she researches and works with biologists globally to photograph continuously living organisms 2,000 years old and older. Del Curto’s photographs similarly explore nature, but his are seen through the lens of humankind, both man’s interest in controlling, nurturing, and representing nature as well as man’s relationship to nature through archiving.
*This event is part of Cultivating our Future, a month-long program in June 2014 during which swissnex San Francisco investigates our relationship to plants and imagines a green and healthy future for cities and the planet. Events tackle the theme through the lenses of community, research, art, and design.
**Books Inc. will be selling copies of Sussman's book, The Oldest Living Things in the World, during the event.