the question is : Farhad discusses the discrepancy between his experience as a photojournalist with his experience as a viewer of photographs, how does this relate to his concept of invisible presence and visible absence?
Nots from the guest lecture
Here are some notes on the main themes of the lecture for those who may need:
Guest Lecture #1: Farhad Bahram.
- Parental Impact
- Mother: loving and guiding = Invisible Presence
- Father: monitoring and managing= Visible Absence
- Experience in Iran
- Centered in Tehran as a photojournalist
- Focused on indigenous peoples and cultural forms
- Turning point in thinking a few years in
- Noticed disconnect between the memory of the event and what the photograph communicated
- Though mutual trust should create artistic accuracy
- Central Iranian Weaving in Koshan
- Famed and highly artistic technique on the edge of extinction
- 5 Master Weavers interviewed over a week (?) ish
- Experience creating out art near weavers led Farahad to pursue his own creation (yarn branches)
- Sees how photos lack the animation of memory
- How can memory be communicated through art?
- Transition away from exclusively photojournalism
- Identified conflict between Denotation (lingual meaning) and Connotation (associated meaning)